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Parsons Schoolhouse 

Built in 1820, the Parsons Schoolhouse served as the 
third main schoolhouse building for the Academy. In 
the years since, the building has seen many changes. When 
first built, the structure occupied a prominent place in the 
center of the Mansion House lawn, the front of the build- 
ing and the bell tower facing toward Old Bay Road. 

In 1905, the "relatively battered"* Schoolhouse 
received an unexpected $5,000 gift for improvements from 

Susan E.B. Forbes of Fatherland Farm, in honor of her great grandfather, the Reverend Moses 
Parsons, friend and pastor of Lieutenant Governor Dummer. The building was moved onto new 
foundations in its current location, and the classrooms and library inside were redesigned. 

On January 24, 1940, the Parsons Schoolhouse was "badly gutted by flames, and the combined 
efforts of the Newburyport, Rowley and Byfield fire departments were necessary to bring the 
flames under control after a two-hour battle . . ."*Thus, more funds were raised to rebuild and equip 
the building. 

Today, the Parsons Schoolhouse houses language classrooms, the Milestone and Governor 
offices, as well as the computer art classroom shown here. Assistant director of communications Liss 
Campbell is now teaching computer art students how to use the new fleet of Mac G4 computers — 
all equipped with DVD players, network and Internet access, the latest versions of Quark and 
Photoshop, digital camera capabilities, and many more of the latest high-tech bells and whistles. 

* All information cited from Governor Dummer Academy History, 1763-1963 by John W. Ragle. 

Sam Arnold '02 and Kai Kaiser 
'00 in Parsons classroom today. 

The Aichon 

Published since 1884 


John M. Ooggett.Jr. 


Kristen C. Grubbs 


Elisabeth L. Campbell 
Dan Courter 
David Oxton 
Teaya Bromley '00 
Justin Reese '02 
Jessica Watson '01 

Graphic Design 

Elisabeth L. Campbell 

Assistant Headmaster 

Edward C.Young 73, P'01,'02 
Director of Development 
Patricia Tobin Peterman P'01 
Associate Director of Development 
Michael A. Moonves 
Director of Annual Giving 
Michelle M. Kunz 

Trustees of Governor Dummer Academy 

Daniel M. Morgan '67, P'97'02, President 

Stephen G. Kasnet '62, P'95,Vice President 

Josiah H.Welch '47, P'80'83, Secretary 

Jeffrey L. Gordon '69,Treasurer 

William L.Alfond '67 

Putnam P. Flint '37, GP'99 

Clifford J. Gillespie 

Judith Gore P'95'97 

BJchard M. Kelleher P'99'01 

Josiah K. Lilly '68, P'91'98 

Mary F. Mack P'87'91 '93 

Joshua L. Miner IV '69, P'96'98 

Reynolds E. Moulton.Jr. '56 

Brian H. Noyes '76 

William F O'Leary '73 

Carrie W Penner '88 

Michael R. Porter P'96'99'01 

Haskell Rhett '54 

James L. Rudolph '68 

George S. Scharfe P'95'00 

C.Thomas Tenney, Jr. '69 

Alumni Trustees 

Kathleen Leary Livermore '79 

Kara Moheban McLoy '88 

Steven G Shapiro '74 

Ex Officio 


President, Alumni lac Council 

Alumni/ae Council 

Peter T. Buder '62, President 

Catherine Burgess '91, Secretary /Treasurer 

Carolyn Borwick '77 

R.Jeffrey Bailly '80 

Deana Giamette Boyages '88 

James Deveney '60 

John P. EngKsh '28 

Peter W Franklin 72 

Anthony P. Fusco '85 

Joshua Lappin '92 

Joseph E. MacLeod '56 

Howard J. Navins '31, P'63'66, GP'93 

Susan F Pattison '77 

Robert Studley '86 

Marc K.Tucker '68, P'01 

Ex Officio 

Karen A. Schulte '83, Past President 

Arthur H.Veasey III '68, Past President 

John S. Mercer '64, P'95, Past President 

Peter M. Sherin '59, Past President 

Putnam P. Flint '37, GP'99, Co-chair, Trustee 

Development Committee 
Carrie W Penner '88, Co-chair, Tnistee 

Development Committee 

Tlic Archon is published three times a 
year by Governor Dummer Academy, Byfield, 
Massachusetts 01922. Telephone: (978) 465-1763. 
Letters are welcome from alumni, alumnae, parents, and 
friends of the Academy and are subject to editing for 
reasons of space availability. 

c o n 




Installation of GDA's 27th 


Marty Doggett at the Helm 

16 Speaking of Learning 

1 7 Wednesday Without Walls 

18 On Being Many Yos 

20 Information Literacy 

21 Biopinion 

23 The Measure of our Success 
by Laurie Krooss '81 

24 Houses Without Walls 
by Michael Mulligan 71 

26 A New Teacher in a New Culture 
by Kristen Fowler '88 




headmaster's message 

on campus 

28 class notes 


in memonam 


t he 


Speaking of Leartiing 

The cover photo, taken by Liss Campbell, captures Common 
Book author Julia Alvarez speaking with students and facul- 
ty after a workshop this fall. 

The Archon is printed on recycled paper with a minimum of 10% post-consumer waste. It is printed with sustainable 
resource vegetable-based soy inks in accordance with our commitment to the environment. Please recycle again. 

1 e t t 

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December 8, 1999 
Dear Editor: 

How disappointing to open The 
Archon and find my only letter to the edi- 
tor since graduation day so distortingly 

I cannot help wondering what is 
involved when one person writes 
"deplores" and another transcribes "dis- 
closes." Though objectively a small thing 
and I'm sure unintended, such displace- 
ment seems to be a crystallization of the 
very stuff of the nightmare of homopho- 
bia. I'm pleased to read in your most recent 
issue that the fear that deploring will be 
understood as disclosing was addressed by 
your students in the recent "day of silence." 
Perhaps the Alliance, has, indeed, its work 

cut out for it. 

Yours in a teachable moment, 

Sincerely, Chester Parasco,Jr. '65 

With our apologies, we reprint the fol- 
lowing letter with corrections noted. 

September 20, 1999 
Dear Editor: 

Perhaps there are those who would be 
interested in the reaction of another aging 
alumnus to the news, reported in a recent 
Archon and deplored by some, that a gay- 
straight alliance had been formed at the 

My reaction was: "Oh, thank God; oh, 

thank God; oh, thank God." 

Chester Parasco,Jr. '65 


Please join us for our 

Parents' Weekend 

Winter Gathering 

at Governor Dummer Academy 

February 11-12,2000 

Visit classes, cheer on winter sports 

events, enjoy the winter musical 

Godspell and student art in 

theYoungman Gallery. 

Thanks go to Peter Wesson '98 for his 
notifying the Archon staff of our mistakes 
in the coverage of the reunion run hon- 
oring former teacher Taylor Liske. 

As Wesson explains, "The entire proj- 
ect was the brainchild of Lee Harrell (not 
Farrell as reported) and David DiCicco 
'98. I was involved with the implementa- 
tion of t-shirt sales because Taylor was a 
wonderful teacher and friend but also 
because David was my roommate and 
Harrell was the only dorm parent in 
Phillips, as well as our friend. The idea 
started because David and Liske (his advi- 
sor) ran together quite often, including 
graduation morning. Harrell joined them a 
year later. Taylor Liske was a wonderful 
man. His friends wanted to do something 
special in his honor." 





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editor's note 

A few days after author Julia Alvarez 
spoke on campus in November, head 
librarian Mary Leary sent out an email plea 
that any one who had an extra copy of one 
of Alvarez's books might bring it by the 
library. The student demand for Alvarez's 
books was so great that the library was 
seeking more copies of her books to put 
into circulation. 

This seemingly small sign of the 
impact that Julia Alvarez's visit had on our 
community is in fact a greater manifesta- 
tion of the kind of learning that is going on 
today at GDA. As this year 2000 begins, it 
seemed an appropriate occasion for our 
school to take some time to think about 
education — at GDA and beyond. 

As you will see as you get deeper into 
this issue of the Archon, there is a signifi- 
cant amount and variety of learning being 
done at GDA. Conversations galvanized by 
guest speakers, student representation at 
conferences on diversity, full school adven- 
tures into the regional community, devel- 
opment of the resources for experiential 
learning, expansion of curricula into tech- 
nological arenas and across disciplines, 
service learning in the form of volunteer 
work — all of these activities and more have 
leant a visible energy to what GDA is and 
what we are striving to be. 

In this spirit of examining education, 
we asked some of your classmates to con- 
tribute to this issue of the Archon. What is 
going on beyond GDA? How are those of 
you who are choosing career paths that 
keep you involved — directly or indirect- 
ly — in learning, thinking about our world 
and our place in it? 

We hope you enjoy the thoughts and 
ideas represented here. And we hope that 
this dialogue will continue as each of you 
may be willing to share your hopes, con- 
cerns, theories, and dreams about educa- 
tion at GDA and in the world. Meanwhile, 
we'll keep on speaking of learning ... 

2 The Archon— Winter 2000 

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d m a s t e r 

m e s s a 

"Schools must impart the gift of idealism — 
the belief that by becoming involved in one's 
community, one can make a difference." 

Good schools must constantly have 
an eye to the future knowing that 
their mission is to help young 
people cultivate the skills, proficiencies, 
and habits of mind needed to successfully 
navigate in an ever-changing world. This 
task is made more formidable because the 
world that awaits adolescents is guaranteed 
to be more unpredictable and less certain 
than even the most prescient can ever 
imagine. We know, for example, that tech- 
nology is in the process of transforming 
our lives but we are unclear of the form 
and substance this will actually take. 
Educators struggle with how to use tech- 
nology to enhance learning, improve com- 
munication and increase productivity. Yet, 
given the pace of change in the electronic 
age, what is current today is more than 
likely to be hopelessly outdated tomorrow. 
Schools can best serve students by teaching 
them to be flexible and adaptable. 

School is more than preparation for 
life; it is a part of life. For education to 
truly "take", students can't be viewed as 
vessels waiting to be filled up with impart- 
ed knowledge. Rather, they must be active 
participants in their own education. The 
experiences and prior knowledge that they 
bring with them need to be related and 
connected to new information and expe- 
riences. Governor Dummer Academy's 
Mastery Curriculum focuses less on cover- 

age and more on helping students learn 
specific skills and specific content in depth. 
It is a program that emphasizes research 
and lab work as the vehicle to "master" 
information. The approach is very interdis- 
ciplinary and seeks to highlight how- 
knowledge is connected. Our Wednesdays 
without Walls program takes students out 
of the traditional classroom setting and 
puts them in venues where they can actu- 
ally experience first hand and practice 
some of the topics they have read about. 

Teachers, of course, are critical to this 
process of discovery. Henry Adams once said, 
"A teacher touches eternity. He (or she) can 
never tell where his/her influence ends." 
Teachers are facilitators who foster creative 
thinking. Good teachers must also be good 
learners. When teachers engage in the 
excitement of discovery with their students, 
it models the process of life-long learning. 

Good schools emphasize skills that are 
timeless and relevant to any era: writing 
clearly, persuasively and passionately; using 
the spoken word to communicate effec- 
tively; listening and stepping outside of 
one's own perceptions to be receptive to 
alternative points of view; analyzing com- 
plex information in order to understand its 
larger significance. It is not enough to 
know facts about biology, but to under- 
stand what is at stake in scientific inquiry. 
These are the attributes of liberal educa- 

tion — one that celebrates and nurtures 
human potential and freedom. 

Good schools in the twenty-first cen- 
tury must also emphasize the co-curricular 
in teaching adolescents to be good people 
with strong character and clearly defined 
values. Schools must impart the gift of ide- 
alism — the belief that by becoming 
involved in one's community, one can 
make a difference. Students must learn 
how to accomplish tasks, how to work 
cooperatively, how to understand the 
power of other people's dreams. 

Schools must lead the fight against 
bigotry and prejudice by actively promot- 
ing tolerance, decency and civility. This 
respect for diversity is critical for those 
who will live and work in a pluralistic 
society. Schools have a responsibility for 
exposing young people to the different 
voices and cultural experiences that make 
up their world. They must serve as the 
marketplace for ideas. This year GDA will 
bring to campus Nobel Laureate poet 
Derek Walcott, author Julia Alvarez, politi- 
cal scientist Dinesh D'Souza, and com- 
mentator Bill Moyers. Each will present a 
decidedly different perspective to our 
community. With opportunities like these, 
schools can help adolescents develop their 
own perspectives, and their ability to bal- 
ance the stresses that accompany modern 
hfe in healthy and productive ways. 

TheArchon— Winter 2000 3 

on campus 

Dialogue on 



By Assistant Headmaster Edward Young '73 

For the past two years GDA has sent a 
delegation of students and faculty members 
to the NAIS People of Color Conference. 
This event brings together independent 
school trustees, teachers, administrators, and 
students in a forum that values and sup- 
ports diverse heritages, languages, and 
knowledge, and provides insights on how 
people can contribute to creating inclusive 
and affirming institutions. The theme of this 
year's conference was Mosaics: Connecting 
Communities for Action . 

The student participants, Leuvis 
Olivero '01, Jessica Watson '01, Eddie 
Young '01, and Kristina Young '02, were 
involved in several days of leadership build- 
ing in the Student Diversity leadership seg- 
ment of the conference, while their faculty 
chaperones were involved in workshops 
and discussions related to building equity 
and justice in our schools. Our students 
spent quality time with students from near- 
by Pingree, Brooks and Andover as well as 
students from around the nation. All partic- 
ipants were treated to special guest lectures 
and presentations by such distinguished 
participants as Dr. Ronald Takaki, a distin- 
guished scholar and award-winning histo- 
rian, actor B.D.Wong, and Dr. Peter Relic, 
president of NAIS. 

As part of Governor Dummer's ongo- 
ing efforts to build a leadership group to 
lead the diversity work at the student level, 
participation in this conference moves us 
closer to achieving our goal. It is anticipat- 
ed that the students will demonstrate their 
knowledge and skills gained from the con- 
ference by offering a presentation to the 
GDA community. GDA counts on confer- 
ences such as this and support from the 
NAIS Office of Diversity and Multicultural 
Affairs to continue the dialogue on diversi- 
ty throughout our everyday activities. 

Author Dava Sobel explains the story of Galileo's Daughter at GDA last fall. 

Author Speaks 

In partnership with the Jabberwocky 
Bookshop of Newburyport, the GDA 
Pescosolido Library hosted a reading by 
award- winning writer and former New York 
Times science reporter Dava Sobel this fall. 

Author of the international best-seller 
Longitude, Sobel has recently released her 
latest book, Galileo's Daughter: A Historical 
Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love, which has 
reached the number one spot on the best- 
seller lists. A translation of the letters 
Galileo's daughter wrote to her father, the 
book brings the famous scientist vividly to 
life while offering a unique perspective on 
his trial for heresy and his lifetime struggles 
and achievements. With an audience of over 
100 faculty, students, and general public, 
Sobel gave a slide show that outlined the 
research she did in Italy to write the book, 
while explaining the history of Galileo's life. 

Congratulations ! 

... to those members of the Class of 2000 
elected to the Cum Laude Society this fall! 

Natalia Averett of Brockton, MA 
Hee-Jeong Cho of Kyungkido, Korea 
Cassandra Depratto of Ontario, Canada 
Yea R. Han of Seoul, Korea 
Genevieve Reynolds of Stockton Springs, ME 
Jason Salony of Gloucester, MA 
Madeline Scheintaub of Byfield, MA 
Yori Senser of Ipswich, MA 
Treacy Silverstein of Ipswich, MA. 

Hats Off ... 

To Midge Roaf for her 19 years of dedi- 
cated service to GDA as School Bookstore 
Manager. While we will miss her cheerful 
spirit on campus daily, we are counting on 
her to come back around to visit her 
many friends. Welcome, too, to Christine 
Robinson, who will be working hard to 
fill Midge's shoes! 

4 The Archon— Winter 2000 

For the twelfth year in a row, Governor 
Dummer Academy hosted the Massachusetts 
Special Olympics Soccer Tournament this 
fall. On Sunday, November 7, 58 Special 
Olympic soccer teams — over 700 athletes 
and coaches — from throughout the state 
competed in five-a-side soccer games on the 
school fields, starting with the opening cere- 
monies at the Alumni/ae Gym. 

Led by seniors Leslie Brown '00 and 
Jamie Gilberg '00 (pictured above) and super- 
vised by faculty advisor Maud Hamovit, the 
GDA student body played a major role in 
organizing, planning and preparing the cam- 
pus for the event. Over 200 students and 
many faculty volunteered their time to help 
run the games on Sunday. 

The Archon — Winter 2000 5 

on campus 

Admission Update 

By Gillian Lloyd, Director of Admissions 

Development Developments 

The 1999 fall admission season at 
GDA proved to be quite bountiful: by the 
end of November, members of the Office 
of Admission had interviewed 392 prospec- 
tive admission candidates, including 28 sib- 
lings and 1 3 legacies. This number repre- 
sents a 22 percent increase over last year's 
record fall interview numbers. And with 
our February first admission deadline two 
months away, we know that we will be 
hosting quite a few more families as they 
visit our campus. 

In addition to a record number of 
interviews, GDA also hosted a record num- 
ber of visiting families at our annual fall 
Admission Open House. On a dazzling fall 
morning, over 1 70 families attended a pro- 
gram that included informal meetings with 
faculty and current students, a panel discus- 
sion highlighting the many fine features of 
the Governor Dummer experience, cam- 
pus tours with student tour guides, and 
brunch in Jacob Dining Hall. 

Along with our busy on-campus inter- 
view schedule, members of the Admission 
Office have been traveling across the coun- 
try to spread the word about GDA. To date, 
we have traveled to California, Colorado, 
Nevada, Arizona, Florida, New York, New 
Jersey, Maryland, Washington, DC, Georgia, 
Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, Michigan, 
Canada and Bermuda, as well as to numer- 
ous schools and fairs in Massachusetts. 

We anticipate a strong applicant pool — 
as well as an arduous Admission Committee 
review season — as we strive to build an 
exceptional class to enter Governor Dummer 
Academy in September 2000. 

(above) Class agent Justin Rivera '94, Class Agent Dave Goodhart '41, and Class 
Secretary Nancy Stevenson '93 explore the GDA website in the Pescosolido Library's 
technology classroom. 

(left) Gina Beinecke P'03, Ann Lagasse P'03, 
and Ellen Jameson P'00'02 and (bottom) Karen 
Sparks P'02, Michael Lucy P'02 and Mary 
Murch P'02 collaborate on parent concerns and 
programs for the year ahead. 

Volunteers' Weekend 1999 

More than 50 GDA volunteers gathered in Byfield this faD 
to celebrate the installation of Headmaster Doggett, revisit campus and tour new build- 
ings, reconnect and exchange ideas with other volunteers, and get a head start on their vol- 
unteer work for the year. Workshops included brainstorm sessions on new ideas for both 
Class Agents and Class Secretaries, taking a tour of the new GDA website, and planning 
sessions for the current parent solicitors. The day ended with a scavenger hunt for all vol- 
unteers, retrieving clues around campus to reach their final destination: a well-deserved 
lunch before cheering on the athletic teams in the afternoon. 

Plans are being made for alumni/ ae receptions in the following cities: 

Dallas in February 

Los Angeles and San Francisco in March 
Chicago and Washington D.C. in April 
Boston Pops in April or May 

Contact Sandy Keyes or Matt Prunier in the Development Office for 
more information at 978/499-3185. 

6 The Archon— Winter 2000 

GDA Welcomes 
Activities Director 

Timothy Weir brings his energy and 
enthusiasm to GDA all the way from 
California. New Director of Student Activities, 
he has been working tirelessly this year to 
develop residential life activities and coordinate 
them more closely with the recommendations 
of the Student Life Review Committee. 

With the support of the student social 
committee, Mr. Weir has reinvigorated 
expeditions and activities throughout the 
semester. Highlights include: the trip to the 
Red Sox game, shopping trips to outlets in 
Maine, apple picking at nearby orchards, 
busloads to the world famous Topsfield 
Fair, a haunted sea cruise and pumpkin carv- 
ing at Halloween, Sunday afternoon trail 
rides in New Hampshire, student-run cof- 
fee houses, whale watching in Salem, MA, 
humanities trips to plays and concerts in 
Boston, dinner trips to Boston's North 
End, hayrides on campus, student-run 
Guilds, and on campus semi-formal dances. 

GDA welcomes Tim, his wife Jennie 
Sine, and their one-year-old son Benen 
Michael Weir, and thanks Tim for all his 
enthusiastic hard work! 

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on campus 

fine arts 

Nobel Prize 
Walcott on 

Assistant Headmaster Edward 
Young, who played "Walker" in 
Derek Walcott 's production, gets 
some tips from the author himself. 

As part of the GDA drama program's activities, Derek Walcott, winner of the 1992 
Nobel Prize for Literature and professor at Boston University, visited Governor 
Dummer Academy this fall. On Friday October 8th Mr. Walcott held an open poetry 
seminar with students and faculty, and on Friday night he gave a public reading of 
many of his works. 

On Saturday night, a performance of Walcott s play "Walker" was held in the 
Moseley Chapel. Directed by Donna Roll, Director of Opera at the Longy School of 
Music in Cambridge and winner of the prestigious Kirsten Flagstadt Award, the pro- 
duction involved GDA students and faculty, as well as professional artists from the 
Boston area and from Longy. Drama director Paul Wann was critical to the production's 
success, while assistant headmaster Edward Young played the leading role of "Walker" 
and many students in the drama program made up the speaking/singing chorus. 

The play tells the story of the last moments of the life of David Walker, a free 
black Boston abolitionist. In 1829 Walker published "David Walker's Appeal." This 
pamphlet was considered so inflammatory that a price was put on Walker dead or 
alive. Originally written as an opera, "Walker" has been re-imagined as a theater piece 
with chorus of songs from the hymnal used in many African American churches in 
the 1830's.The piece had been performed once before at Phillips Academy, and will 
be produced in New York City next year. 

The arts at GDA have been soar- 
ing to new heights this fall, in many 
arenas. With the new leadership of 
choral director Anne Connolly-Potter, 
the vocal program has been growing in 
both diversity and program variety. First 
heard during Mr. Doggett's installation 
ceremony a few weeks after school 
began, the student singers have per- 
formed throughout the fall, delighting 
families over Parents' Weekend and 
bringing new voices to morning meet- 
ings, the Candlelight Service in Moseley 
Chapel, and the holiday concert. 

With the addition of artist Geoff 
Brace in the painting and drawing stu- 
dios, the constant motion of Irina 
Okula's pottery wheels, and the new 
course in videography by photography 
instructor David Oxton, the Kaiser 
Visual Arts Center has been filled with 
new creative energy — not to mention 
good humor. Meanwhile, on the other 
side of campus in Parsons Schoolhouse, 
assistant director of communications 
Liss Campbell has brought her talents 
into the classroom, by teaching com- 
puter art on a new fleet of Mac G4 
computers — all equipped with DVD 
players, network and Internet access, 
the latest versions of Quark and 
Photoshop, digital camera capabilities, 
and many more of the latest high-tech 
bells and whistles. As always, student 
talent in Chris Stowens' music pro- 
gram has filled the school with tune— 
from the orchestra, jazz band, and indi- 
vidual contributions to the fine arts 

And lest you think it is only faculty 
who drive GDA's arts program, come 
check out the next student-produced 
Guild ... As Stowens might say, "these 
break dancers will knock your socks off." 




8 The Archon —Winter 2000 

sports news 


Under the energetic leadership of 
teachers Judy Rokous and Tracy Ainsworth, 
a group of 10 students inaugurated the 
school's first ever Outdoor Program this 
fall. Supported as a choice of the Afternoon 
Program, the outdoor program combined a 
variety of on-campus activities with off 
campus adventures. From first aid and 
adventure rescue training to mountain bike 
riding, from ropes course adventures to rock 
climbing, from canoeing and day hikes to 
overnight backpacking and backcountry 
cooking, the group learned a variety of 
skills and had many fun adventures in the 

With our new Project Adventure-style 
ropes course and indoor climbing wall 
completed on campus this fall, the GDA 
Outdoor Program has high hopes for 
growth over the next year. Faculty will be 
trained to support the technical aspects of 
the ropes course this spring, and with the 
support of the Dean of Students' Office, 
orientation and other group-facilitating 
programs plan on taking full advantage of 
this exciting new resource. 

(above left to right) Kempton Randolph '00, Marienna Murch '02, Jeff 
Tompkins '01, Jessica Ryhicki '01, Simon Panall '00 and Madeline 
Scheintaub '00 at the top of Mt. Cardigan in New Hampshire. 

(above left) Climbers Madeline and Marienna join Outdoor Program 
leaders Judy Rokous and Tracy Ainsworth on the ropes course. 



Futbol en Espafia 

While most students and teachers were still enjoying the last days of summer vaca- 
tion, the GDA men's varsity soccer players had already begun their hard pre-season 
work. Don't feel too bad for them, though; they were playing soccer on the fields of 
Barcelona, Spain. Over an eight-day trip, the team explored the culture and sites of the 
city, and played some games versus Spanish club teams. While certainly inspired for their 
season by Spanish soccer jerseys and the culture's evident support for soccer, perhaps the 
GDA team would have had more success during the season if they hadn't stayed up to 
such wee hours of the morning in Spain! 

The Archon —Winter 2000 9 



Star Governor athlete 

KK Scharfe '00 also shone this fall in the 
arena beyond Byfield. As a member of the 
Under- 19 United States women's lacrosse 
team, Scharfe traveled to Australia in 
September to compete in the world cham- 
pionships, emerging undefeated, and beat- 
ing Australia in the final game for the gold 
medal. (For more details, check out the full 
article in the November/December issue of 
Lacrosse Magazine.) 

Highlights from the 1999 Fall Season... 

The 1999 Howard J. NavinS Freshmen harriers Gwyneth Stokes and Wkh 1 £ g Qa ] s anc [ fi ve ass j sts m 
Bowl for sportsmanship was given to soc- Laura Elllson came in tilth and Sixth regu i ar season pi ay> Emi i y Ouimette '00 
cer player Jason Saloney '00, while the OUl VL l'-tD LLIllMlcla in the JNew earne( J the women's soccer's most valuable 
team's MVP award went to co-captain England championship meet and were pj a y er awar d, and was also named to the all- 
Chris Rothwell '00. named AH-New England runners. league team 

Brandon Temple '02 placed 13th of 175 
runners in the New England meet and 
earned a spot on this year's All- JN CW 

England cross-country team. 

Kim Jones '01 earned a place on the all- 

league soccer team, while goalee 

Anne Adamczyk '00 and Beth Depratto '01 
earned all-league honorable mention. 

Key field hockey defensive player KK 
Scharfe '00 is heading to U V A. S 
Division I program next year. 

Field hockey goalie Loren Montgomery '00 

had five shutouts and a .802 
save percentage. 

10 The Archon— Winter 2000 

On October 26, in the varsity football game 
against Rivers, Dale Williams '00 ran 
for 175 yards, had 26 carries, and scored three 
touchdowns and a two-point conversion. One 
of his touchdowns was an oO yard. run. 

Beating Williston Northampton in the quar- 
ter-finals, GDA women's soccer lost 

the Division II semi-finals in a down-to-the- 
wire penalty kick-off to perennial rival Brooks. 

Field hockey co-captains KJrv oCnarte 

'00 and Loren Montgomery '00 

were four-year letter winners, All-League 
players, and co-MVPs. 

Scoring 80 percent of the men's varsity soccer 
team's goals, Sam Porter'01 earned a 
spot on the first all-league team. 

Coach Mark Gerry claims, "This year's 

football team was one of the hap- 
piest teams I've ever been around." 

For the third consecutive year, the varsity 
women's soccer team made it into pOSt- 

season play. 

Four-year letter winner Pete AlOlSl UU 
earned this year's most valuable cross-country 
runner award, placing 18th of 175 runners in 
the New Englands and 29th of 1 12 runners in 
the ISL meet. 




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Tri-captain Dale Williams '00 was elected Placing second in the post-season New 

this year's MVP, and earned a spot on the England Division II championships, the 

Ail-l^e3.gUe football team with women's cross-country team also earned a 

tri-captain Brad Downey '00 and sopho- regular season 6-1-1 record, their best 

more Jackson Parker '02. since 1992. 

For the first time in at least eight years, GDA 

varsity field hockey beat Exeter. 

Men's soccer player Mike TomasinO 
(JO earned a place on the all-Star 

Massachusetts team. 

In the football team's seven ISL games, the 

GDA defense allowed only six 

All of the ten seniors on the varsity field 
hockey team started the last two games, beat- 
ing Pavers 1-0 under the lights of 
the Barbara F. Porter field for 

their last game of their GDA career. 

In the last four years, the boys' cross-coun- 
try team has placed first, second, third and 
fourth respectively in the New Englands, a 

GDA cross-country first. 

This year's field hockey C>OacheS Kate Mitchell '00 earned this season's 

Award went to Jess Ross '01 who played Most Improved Player award for 

more field minutes than any other player, her first year of hard work on the varsity 

and will serve as captain next year with field hockey team. 
Kacy Brox '01. 

Merrill Lament '00 leads the GDA 
team against BB&N and Nobles. 

Beth Depratto'01 battles for control of the ball. 

Junior Justin Becker '01 s determina- 
tion earned him this year's football Coaches' 

The men's varsity soccer team earned one 
of three awards for best SpOrtSman- 
Snip in the 16-team Independent School 

roundup'sports roundup-sports roundup«sports 

Season Records 

Varsity Men's Cross Country 3-4-0 

Varsity Women's Cross Country 8-1-1 

Varsity Field Hockey 6-9-1 

Varsity Football 2-6-0 

Varsity Men's Soccer 1-8-6 

Varsity Women's Soccer 8-4-2 

The Archon — Winter 2000 1 1 

Elizabeth A. Ruhl 

Welcome to this historic occasion. 

Each community is unique, and ours is no 

Quite possibly we should view ourselves 
in miniature, as a garden in which all enti- 
ties work together to cultivate intellect, 
health and well being. 

Each one of us has a unique terrain that 
must be mapped. 

We strive to be resilient and maintain a 
sensitive ecology. 

Harmony of all elements is our goal, but 
this is indeed a challenge. 

Therefore, may we strive to have enough 
patience to endure and enough simplicity 
to have faith. 

May we gain more confidence from what 
is difficult. 

May we let fife happen to us and watch 
our garden grow. 

Let us work toward harmony in our 
diverse environment. 

Let us cultivate kindness as our largest 

Our garden has a history and a tradition 
in which we revel. 

We embrace the intrigue and energy of 
our new growing season. 

May our gardeners tend us well. 

12 The Archon —Winter 2000 

Welcome to this most historic and joyous 
occasion . . . Today we sit on the edge of the 21st cen- 
tury We look back upon a history of 236 years. We look back 
upon the 25 successors to Master Moody. These successions create an 
important continuum that is the unbroken progress of this school through time. 
But a closer perspective shows that each Headmastership is an opportunity for that individual with 
his unique talents and vision to serve and shape the Academy so that it will be an institution that 
is relevant and vital for educating the young of that moment in time. 

— Daniel M. Morgan '69 P'97'02, President of the Board of Trustees 

Headmasters of Governor Dummer Academy 

Samuel Moody 


Isaac Smith 


Benjamin Allen 


Abial Abbot 


Samuel Adams 


Nehemiah Cleaveland 


Phineas Nichols 


Frederic A. Adams 


Henry Durant 


Ariel Parish Chute 


Marshall Henshaw 


John S. Parsons 


Solon Albee 


Edwin L. Foster 


Levi Wentworth Stanton 


Ebenezer Greenleaf Parsons 


John Wright Perkins 


George B. Rogers 


Perley Leonard Home 


William Dudley Sprague 


Leon E. Ryther 


Charles S. Ingham 


Edward W Eames 




John W Ragle 


Peter W Bragdon 


John M. Doggett, Jr. 


Remarks (excerpts) 
Paul Wann 

Mr.Doggett, we wish you joy in your 
new command. We are proud and delighted 
to welcome you and Mrs. Doggett as our col- 
leagues. We honor you as first among equals. 

On June 9th 1913, the 150th Commence- 
ment of Governor Dummer Academy was 
celebrated by many honored guests and 
many remarkable speakers. One of the 
speakers was Frederick Marden Ambrose, at 
the time, President of the Board of Trustees. 
Join me as we listen to some of his words 
about our school 86 years ago. 

"On an occasion like this, it is fitting that 
we should look to the future, but first revert to its 
founder. Splendid man and able ruler that he 
was, it was not as chief magistrate of this old Bay 
State that Governor Dummer rendered his great- 
est service to his state. We are more indebted by 
far to him for this, his lasting contribution to the 
cause of education. In this estate of three hundred 
acres given in trust for the establishment and 
maintenance forever of a classical school, he left to 
us an imperishable legacy. He had the instinct to 

see that education was the vital need of the time 
and unselfish devotion to establish a non-sectari- 
an school which extends a welcome to all... 

This is the place, I believe, for just such a 
school as this, a school democratic in character, a 
school which lifts a student above every-day life. 
In this age of corruption, when people in high 
places fall because of their consuming greed, in an 
age when pleasure seems unrestrained, such 
schools stand out like beacon lights of hope. We 
must stand by the old school! 

As loyal Sons and Daughters of Dummer, 
then, let us, with unfaltering hearts, carry on the 
work. Inspired by its past, confident of its future, 
thankful for all that it has done for us, we appeal 
to every friend of this school to sustain us in the 
work that stands before us. " 

Thus spake President Ambrose. 

So, President Morgan, members of the 
Board, students, alumni, staff, teachers, 
friends, "loyal Sons and Daughters of 
Dummer, then, let us, with unfaltering 
hearts, carry on the work." Let us stand 
proudly with our new headmaster. Carry 
on, Mr. Doggett! 

The Archon — Winter 2000 1 3 

Remarks (excerpts) 
Christopher Rothwell '00 

The motto of GDA - "non sibi sed 
aliis" not for self, but for others - is 
evident in every aspect of this school. 
GDA continues the tradition of being 
a caring community. Teachers care 
about their students. They want them 
to succeed and will take the extra 
time to see that they do . . . Students 
give of themselves to help others 
whether it be in community service 
projects, Special Olympics, or peer 
advising. We encourage each other by 
cheering our teams on to victory, and 
by our presence and applause at music 
and drama performances ... This is 
the tradition which has marked GDA 
as not just the oldest boarding school 
in the country, but the finest. It is the 
very essence of GDA. 



The Academy Orchestra under the 
direction of Christopher Stowens 


Elizabeth A. Ruhl 
School Counselor 


"America the Beautiful" 


Daniel Morgan '67, P'97'02 
President of the Board of Trustees 

Christopher Rothwell '00 
Student Body President 

Paul Warm 
English Teacher 

John M. Doggett.Jr. 


" A Canon of Praise" by Natalie Sleeth 
The Academy Singers under the direction 
of Anne Connolly Potter 


Irene P. Freeman 

Administrative Assistant to the Headmaster 


The Academy Orchestra under the 
direction of Christopher Stowens 

14 The Archon —Winter 2000 

John Martin Doggett,Jr. 
Remarks (excerpts*) 

... Heroes serve an important function [in our lives] because 
they can model behavior. However, true heroes don't have to be high 
profile personalities. It is in the manner in which a person conducts 
his or her life, the extent to which one reaches out to others, the 
extent to which one lives vigorously and develops a range of inter- 
ests, that determines not only heroic stature but subtly helps to alter 
their surroundings. 

A hero is someone connected to something larger than oneself 
and someone who allows others to see the value of that connection. 
When you have meaningful connections, whether it is to a person, 
a job, a team, an institution or a god, it effects your outlook and 
worldview.You feel included and engaged. The potential for isolation 
and alienation recedes and you feel more confident and optimistic 
about life. 

The power of connections should not be underestimated ... 
What matters is not the money, fame, awards or houses we may 
accumulate in life, but the relationships we make along the way. . . . 
[These] connections will keep you in balance and will allow your life 
to take on heroic proportions. 

* A complete copy of any of these speeches can be had by contacting the editor 

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Irene Freeman 

I am honored to have been asked to partici- 
pate in this very special event today. I have 
worked with Val Wilkie, Jack Ragle and 
Peter Bragdon — all remarkable headmas- 
ters, each in his own style. 


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our blessings. 

The Archon — Winter 2000 1 5 

iien Governor 
Dummer devel- 
oped the Mastery 
Program, academics here at the 
Academy were completely 
revolutionized. The teaching 
focus shifted from passive 
learning models to a more 
active pursuit of content and 
skills mastery. As a faculty, we 
moved away from traditional 
classroom activities and cen- 
tered our focus on the learning 
process and the development 
of essential skills. Our students 
would now learn how to learn 
by thinking critically, creatively 
and independently. 

The essential elements of 
the Mastery Program include 
interdisciplinary study, experi- 
ential learning and the part- 
nership between students and 
teachers. Students acquire 
knowledge through hands-on 
activity, multi-disciplinary 
inquiry, analysis and reflection. 

Speaking of 
Learning. . . 

What Is Hip? 

As testament to the interest on campus in interdisciplinary issues, 38 students this year have 
been participating in the 1999/2000 Interdisciplinary Seminars, run by fine arts depart- 
ment chair Chris Stowens. Meeting roughly every other week on Monday nights, the stu- 
dents receive academic credit for this class but their grades do not factor into their GPA. 

Free Tibet? Preserving the Rainforest? Immigration? Creationism vs. Evolution? The 
Rights of Indigenous Peoples? Fear, Greed, Envy, American Dreams? The Generation 
Gap? Hitler vs. Mel Brooks? The Back Street Boys? Yeah, right. This year we will 
explore current "hot button" issues through film and literature. 

The films will be chosen from, "The Producers", "Inherit the Wind", "Kundun" 
"Fitzcaraldo", "The Third Man", "Amacorde", John Grisham's "The Rainmaker", 
"Slaughterhouse Five", "El Norte" and others. A diverse team of faculty members will 
join the seminars throughout the year. You will have to watch, read about and then dis- 
cuss these films. It will be work. Are you up for it? YOU WILL HAVE TO THINK! 

16 The Archon —Winter 2000 

Wednesdays Without Walls 

By Rod McLain, History Department Chair 

Recently, the Academy put the mastery curriculum to the test on a grand 
scale when it launched the "Wednesday without Walls" program. We believed it 
was possible to take the entire community out of the classrooms for a day of 
hands-on, interdisciplinary learning and a program was designed to do just that. 
Hie Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger was selected as a piece of contemporary lit- 
erature to introduce the theme and the entire community read it as part of the 
common book program. Aspects of that book were integrated into all levels and 
disciplines of our curriculum, and that understanding was then complemented 
by a day of hands-on learning. 

The WWW program was officially launched on campus by Convocation 
speaker Dr. Benjamin Labarie, Williams College professor of history and expert 
on New England Maritime History. Labarie's visit was of special note, for, as he 
explained, "The one distinction of which I am most proud, is that I have taught 
both Peter Bragdon and Marty Doggett." With slides of the maritime industry 
in this region and an informative and multi-disciplinary perspective on the 
growth and decline of the maritime industry, Professor Labarie set the stage for 
the following day's activities. 

On September 29, our entire faculty and student body set off for a day of 
field trips on a grand scale. We are fortunate that the North Shore area of 
Massachusetts abounds with maritime heritage and we did our best to take it all 
in. We visited museums in Salem and Newburyport. At the Lowell Boatshop we 
pitched-in on the construction of traditionally-designed wooden skiffs. We 
walked the decks of schooners and modern fishing boats. We toured historic dis- 
tricts, fish processing plants, and waterfronts. It truly was a wonderful time as we 
all participated in the learning process as equal partners, sharing each discovery 
and experience. 

The power of those experiences lent a richness of information and per- 
spective that is difficult to replicate in the classroom but which added immea- 
surably to the education of all. Upon return to campus, follow-up projects were 
done in class to review and reflect upon all our experiences. Stay tuned for news 
on this spring's program, an interdisciplinary event sponsored jointly by the Fine 
Arts and Mathematics departments! 

What does it mean to be free? 

American Studies is a broad field that pro- 
vides an interdisciplinary framework for the 
study of U.S. History and American 
Literature. For the first time ever at GDA, 
English teacher Jeannette Sedgewick and 
history teacher Tracy Ainsworth have joined 
forces to offer an American Studies course 
for juniors that fulfills credits for both jun- 
ior English and U.S. History. The course is 
offering students the opportunity to make 
connections by examining American social, 

political, cultural, and artistic movements 
through the traditionally disparate perspec- 
tives of history and literature. Meeting in 
double teaching blocks, the class is using a 
chronological framework to explore the 
concepts of the "American character" and 
the "American dream" from pre-colonial 
times through the present, while analyzing 
those events, movements, groups, and indi- 
viduals who have shaped — and continue to 
influence — American history and culture. 

Paper topic #3 

What patterns or structures can limit a per- 
son's freedom? Consider these American 
documents, each of which discusses the idea 
of freedom and confinement. Do these 
authors define freedom similarly? In your 
paper, write about these ideas of freedom or 
confinement in three different works. Be 
sure to include your own personal encoun- 
ters with freedom or captivity. 

A Narrative of Hannah Dustan's Notable 
Deliverance from Captivity; Mary Jemison 
Becomes an Iroquois; David Walker's Appeal; 
Last of the Mohicans; The Yellow Wallpaper; Bill 
of Rights; Declaration of Independence; 
Constitution; Washington 's Farewell Address 

The Archon — Winter 2000 17 

On Being Many 


or, were you Julia Alvarez's mixer date? 

On Friday, November 19, the 1999 
Common Book Program brought writer 
Julia Alvarez to campus, for a day acclaimed 
by many as the most inspiring Common 
Book program yet. Every year for the last 
eleven, the Common Book committee, 
made up of GDA students and faculty, has 
required the entire school community to 
read "the common book," and then hosted 
the author's visit to campus. As Alvarez 
exclaimed this year, "I can't think of anything 
that makes a writer happier than acquiring 
three hundred new readers at one fell swoop!" 

Past Common Book authors have 
included, among others, Charles Johnson 
(author of Dreamer, an account of the life of 
Martin Luther King, Jr.), David Guterson 
(author of Snow Falling on Cedars), Jill Ker 
Conway (former Smith College president 
and author of The Road from Coorain), and 
Gloria Naylor (author of Tl\e Women of 
Brewster Place) . 

Middlebury College professor Julia 
Alvarez has won many awards and honors 
for her novels, including the common book 
Yo!, In the Time of the Butterflies, and How the 
Garcia Girls Lost their Accents, her works of 
poetry (Homecoming: New and Collected 
Poems), and her essays (Something to Declare). 

With her petite stature and dramatic 
expression, Alvarez brought an energetic, 
enthusiastic and thoughtful perspective to 
the three workshops she held throughout 
the day. Students discussed with Alvarez the 
writing process, different genres of writing, 
and the life of a career writer and teacher. 

Her convocation speech to the entire 
community began with a story of her first visit 
to Governor Dummer Academy. As she says, 

"When I was a young immigrant girl of four- 
teen, I won a scholarship at Abbot Academy, which 
has since been absorbed by Phillips Andover 
Academy. Every few weeks at Abbot, we used to 
have dances with neighboring boys' schools. These 
dances were called "mixers," and they took place 
either right on campus or away at a host school. 

...I'll admit that, at first, I was apprehensive 
about going. Not only had I never been to a dance 
before, but I thought that with a name like 
Governor Dummer Academy, this was a boy's mil- 
itary school. But . . . when our bus finally pulled up, 
there was a crowd of civilians waiting for us: boys all 
dressed up in blazers and ties and pants — they 
might as well have been wearing uniforms. As we 
came off the bus, the boys cheered and led us inside 
a large hall where we were paired up by class and 
height. Since I was in tenth grade and all of five foot 
one, I got someone who was in tenth grade and all 
of five foot four, and at the end of the evening, as I 
was about to get back on our bus, he gave me a sweet 
kiss on the cheek and said he'd be in touch. I rode 
home in a daze, sure that I was in love. Back at 
Abbot, for weeks on end, I haunted the mailroom, 
waiting for a letter from him that never came. 

. . . Tltat old mixer date was one of a number of 
young men in my imagination when I went to write 
the character of James Roland Monroe, Roe for short, 
in the chapter, "the cousin," in my novel, jYo! 

Henry James once gave this advice to the 
young writer, "Be him on whom nothing is lost. " 
That is something I always say to the young writ- 
ers in my writing workshops: the process of writing 
begins long before you ever put pen to paper or 
hands on the keyboard. It's a way of life, of paying 
attention. Tliirty-fwe years ago, before I even knew 
that I was going to be a writer, I was paying atten- 
tion, and that little seed of a future character was 
planted in my imagination ..." * 

Julia Alvarez grew up in another world, 
the dictatorship of the Dominican Republic 
of the 1950's, and throughout her visit to 
GDA, she wove for us the tale of her life. 
She grew up, she explained, "being warned 
that one must never ever tell stories." 

But her family fled that world of repres- 
sion, to another, the life of an immigrant 
family in the United States, where they were 
"caught between worlds, value systems, lan- 
guages, customs. And this was our challenge: 
how to maintain a connection to our tradi- 
tions, our raices, and also to grow and flour- 
ish in our new ambiente. How to find creative 
ways to combine our different worlds, val- 
ues, conflicting and sometimes warring parts 
of our selves, so that we can become more 
expansive, not more diminished human 

For Alvarez, the place where she discov- 
ered her own world was in books, and in 
writing. Even "when there were no rewards, 
when many voices were telling me that I 

18 The Archon— Winter 2000 

"The process of writing begins long 
before you ever put pen to paper- 
it's a way of life, of paying attention. 

-Julia Alvarez 

couldn't do it, when the USA culture was 
saying, in effect, 'This is not American liter- 
ature.' I kept writing. I kept doing the thing 
that was in me to do ... 

"By doing the work which is inside us to do 
and by never forgetting our responsibility to help 
others to do the same, we are creating a different 
and better world. This world where we all belong 
can only be achieved if each person is free to be the 
rich and complex person he or she is . . . 

We are becoming a planet of racial and cul- 
tural hybrids . . . My novel jYo! is meant to chal- 
lenge my readers to practice abilities, cultivate tal- 
ents: an open mind, a compassionate imagination, 
the ability to enter into and take on another's point 
of view, the necessity of weaving a narrative that 
includes even the skewed, the damaged, the illiter- 
ate, the gay, the prep school heartbreaker, the former 
hippie, the many selves inside you. 

I would go even further and say, that to 
embrace our selves in all our complexity and rich- 
ness becoming all we can individually be 
and by never forgetting our responsibility of help- 
ing each other achieve that same goal, we are creat- 
ing a world, not unlike the one in my novel, jYo!, 
where our rich variety is our bond and where each 
and ever)' one of us belongs. " * 

* From "On Being ManyYoh" Copyright @1999 
by Julia Alvarez. Speech delivered at Governor 
Dummer Academy, Byfield, MA, November 19, 1999. 
Reprinted by permission of Susan Bergholz Literary 
Services, New York. All rights reserved. 

& *" 

Information Literacy 

by Head Librarian Mary Leary 

...If children are to be prepared for a future characterized by change, other technologies 
they must learn to think rationally and creatively, to solve problems, to man- • evaluates information 
age and retrieve information and to communicate effectively. As a conse- 
quence, current and future curriculum development at all grade levels will 
stress the teaching of core competencies and skills, which are transferable 
across disciplines, applicable to any learning situations, regardless of content. 
(Information Power, 1998) 

• organizes information for practical application 

• integrates new information into an existing body of knowledge 

• uses information in critical thinking and problem solving 
(Doyle, 1992) 


ot too long ago, a person could acquire a wealth of infor- 
mation through access to books and other print materials. 

School libraries provide vital gateways to information and play 
a key role in preparing students for the information demands of 
today's society. As educators, librarians must develop programs to 

People who possessed this information were considered teach students the information literacy skills required for them to 
educated and could rely on the memorization of facts to succeed. identify the nature of their information needs, to locate needed 

Teachers conveyed information with lectures, textbooks and drills. 
The information they passed on to their students enabled the 
young people to succeed in work and society. 

In the last twenty years, our world has changed dramatically. 
Today we are living in the Information Age. We confront unman- 
ageable amounts of information everyday. 
Not only do we still use books, newspapers, 
magazines, radio and television, but now we 
have to contend with CD-ROMs, online 
databases and the Internet as well. Students 
can no longer acquire a defined body of 
knowledge and rely on it to succeed in life. 
Students in today's world need to learn how 
to learn. They need to acquire skills that will 

'With today's technology, 

to know means to have the 

skills to access and evaluate 

relevant information." 

information, and to analyze and synthesize information to meet 
their needs. 

Whenever possible, acquisitions of these skills should be tied 
directly to expected learning outcomes and therefore must be inte- 
grated into the school's curriculum. Since the organization of and 

need for information differ among the aca- 
demic disciplines, the teaching of the skills 
may vary in approach and place in the cur- 
riculum. In all disciplines, the teaching of 
information skills must accompany the 
teaching of critical thinking, problem solv- 
ing, and oral and written communication. 
Educators and librarians must take a leader- 
ship role to insure that all graduates benefit 

help them to find the information that they need, to evaluate crit- from the advantages offered by the Information Age. Information 

ically that information and to synthesize it into meaningful knowl- literacy is a prerequisite to lifelong learning, enabling individuals to 

edge. Nobel Prize winner Herbert Seaman contends that in the make meaningful contributions to their professions and to society. 
past, to know meant to have in one's memory. With today's tech- Information literacy can be achieved only when faculty, 

nology to know means to have the skills to access and evaluate rel- administrators, librarians and students are fully involved in the 

evant information. endeavor. At Governor Dummer Academy, we are striving to 

At Governor Dummer Academy our students are acquiring achieve this goal. Students will then leave this institution with the 

the skills to become information literate. An information-literate information literacy skills required to participate fully in the socie- 

person is one who: ty of the twenty-first century. 

• recognizes the need for information 

• recognizes that accurate and complete information is the basis 
for intelligent discussion making 

• formulates questions based on information needs 

• identifies potential sources of information 

• develops successful search strategies 

• accesses sources of information including computer based and 

Doyle, C.S. (1992). Outcome measures for information literacy within the national 
education goals of 1990: Final report to the National Forum on Information Literacy- 
Summary of findings. Syracuse, NY: ERIC Clearinghouse on Information Resources. 

Information Power: Guidelines for school library media programs. (1998). 
Chicago: American Association of School Librarians and Association for Educational 
Communications and technology. 

20 The Archon —Winter 2000 

Should Evolution Be Taught in Schools? 

by Biology Teacher Hal Scheintaub 

In August 1999, the Kansas Board of Education voted to delete virtually any mention of evolution from the state's 
science curriculum. In September, some returning GDA biology students were asked how they felt about this 
action. To help them formulate an opinion they were given copies of news stories, Internet search strategies, the 
names and addresses of Kansas State Board of Education members, and an assignment. They were asked to write a let- 
ter to a Kansas Board member in support of, or in opposition to his/her decision. They were required to include in 
their letters at least three references, properly cited, in defense of their decision. 

From a variety of sources, students learned how biologists define the term evolution. They made a distinction 
between evolution and the origin of life, and explored the question, "Is evolution a fact or a theory?" Considering the 
roles of natural selection and genetic variation in the evolutionary process, they evaluated evidence for the evolution- 
ist and creationist position. Then they were asked to do more; they were asked to react to their accumulating knowl- 
edge and to use that knowledge in interactions with others. Scientifically sound, poignant, and personal letters were 
products of their efforts. Their letters were sent off to Kansas, and were also copied into a public file on our computer 
network to be read by interested faculty and students. Excerpts from some letters are reprinted below. 

These GDA students saw what happens when a scientific concept interacts with religious beliefs and political real- 
ities. However, they did more than view the proceedings; they participated as informed citizens in a national debate, 
thereby gaining an understanding of ideas and the people who hold them. In an interdisciplinary process, they acquired 
scientific knowledge and experience in the realm of human relations. 

I am a Christian, who lives and believes in 
God, as the creator of life. I also believe that 
evolution does occur and that after the cre- 
ation of life by god, all species evolved to 
their present state and will continue to 
evolve forever. Evolution, as defined by 
H.Curtis and N. S. Barnes, is a process that 
results in heritable changes in a population 
spread over many generations. So if life was 
created by god, so stated in the Bible, we 
could have evolved into our current state 
from a lower species over millions of years. 
In closing, I think that biological evolution 
should still be taught and that people have 
the right to believe what they wish. 

-Adam Barbaro '02 

The evolution theory is in fact important to 
the study of biology and I believe it should 
be kept in the curriculum. I also believe 
that the creation story, from Genesis should 
not be taught in its replacement ... 
Students go to public school to learn. Since 
public schools are run by the government, 
they should adhere to the constitution and 
be open minded to all cultures and religions 
. . . Some schools in Kansas are even consid- 
ering adopting creationist textbooks. I 
believe that teaching the creation story in 
public schools is unconstitutional because it 
violates the first amendment of the United 
States, freedom of religion. If a teacher 
chooses to teach the creation story, which I 
perceive to be from Genesis, the teacher is 

not catering to all religions. If a teacher is to 
teach one religious story of creation, then 
why not all of them? What makes the cre- 
ation story from Genesis better to teach 
than a Native American story of creation? 
. . . Religion does not belong in the science 
classroom because of America's diverse 
make up. 

-Andrea Tagliamontc '01 

I am for the teaching of evolution. I think it 
is key that students get to make the choice 
of what they believe in, rather then having 

the decision made for them Regardless 

of whether you do or don't decide to teach 
evolution in your school systems, today's 

The Archon —Winter 2000 21 

"It is key that students get to 

make the choice of what thev 

believe in, rather then having the 

decision made for them." 

■Jonathan Graham '02 

youth will find out what it is and decide 
whether or not they believe in it. By not 
teaching evolution, nothing is gained. You 
are not keeping this information away from 
them, just simply making it harder to access 
... As a student I believe it is critical to 
make your own decisions. School is just a 
place to have your choices laid out in front 
of you . . . The less a student knows, the 
weaker and more vulnerable he or she is to 
the unknown. By teaching your students all 
you can about evolution, you strengthen not 
only your students, but also the community 
around them in which they interact. 

-Jonathan Graham '02 

Evolution is a basic foundation for biology 
and can be analogized with Newton's laws 
and its importance in physics. Evolution. 
the changing in gene frequency in popula- 
tion, may have been occurring for the past 
3000 million years. Scientists have even 
observed it in the laboratory One example 
is the Hardy- Weinberg Principle, which 
states that 'if no mutation, selection, mating 
preferences, or gene flow occurs after the 
generation of a population, then evolution 
does not occur." Mutation, selection and 
gene flow do occur so evolution must also 
... I don't understand how the board can 
say it simply doesn't happen so delete it 
from the curriculum. 

-Pac Aloisi '00 

I believe that the reason evolution is being 
deleted from the curriculum is due to the 
Creationists' need to impose their beliefs or 
their religion on others. They do not care 
about, respect or acknowledge the efficacy 

of other religions. The ethic of science is 
open-mindedness.The Creationists espouse 
the antithesis of this ethic. They regrettably 
ignore a fundamental right in our society: 
intellectual freedom. 

While the standard that you approved 
does not ban evolution but simply allows it 
to be a local decision, you have created a 
very tenuous situation. The final decision 
permits students to be taken out of class if 
the science being taught is not compatible 
with their religion. As Ms.Yal Defever said 
when I interviewed her. the Christian 
Coalition is simply "suppressing religiously." 
. . . The purpose of education is not to force 
opinions onto students but rather to pro- 
vide them with the ability to gather facts 
and then draw their own conclusions. I urge 
you to repeal this standard. 

-Shactu Tucker '01 

I support your decision to exclude "evolu- 
tion" from the state's required curriculum, 
so that religious students don't feel exclud- 
ed in their Biology class.Your valuable deci- 
sion will allow the students to develop the 
broader news m their studying biology. 
Although I am in favor of deleting "evolu- 
tion" from the required curriculum, I still 
respect "evolution" as a long-established sci- 
entific theory. I'm Christian: however. I am 
not an anti-evolutionist. I agree with the 
fact that there exist scientific observations 
on evolution, according to the scientists 
with their own definition of "evolution." ... 
From this scientific new. I respect "evolu- 
tion" as a long-established theory. However. 
it can not be taught as a "required" curricu- 
lum from my religious view, because it may 

rise a conflict with ones religion. Students 
need to learn that there are different ways of 
looking at the way life exists on the Earth. 
I suggest even" public school have two dif- 
ferent biology classes: one that includes evo- 
lution in its curriculum and one that doesn't. 
That way, each student can make his own 
decision about which class he should take. 
This will help reduce the conflict between 
religious students and students who want to 
learn "evolution" in their class. At the same 
time, it will help relieve the conflicts between 
the evolutionists and creationists. 

-Hannah Cho '00 

Before you delete "evolution" from the 
state's curriculum vou must have one defi- 
nition of the word evolution. This is impor- 
tant because there are a lot of different def- 
initions of the word evolution. I myself like 
the definition: "Evolution can be precisely 
defined as any change in the gene pool 
from one generation to the next" H. Curtis 
and N.S. Barnes. Biology. 5th ed. 1989 Worth 
Publishers, page 974). [This theory] is 
something which they have proofed over 
and over. For me. all these reasons are fact 
enough to teach evolution in school, 
because that is why we are how we are and 
why we will change how we will change. 

-Florian Pauthner '01 

he Archon — Winter 2000 

The Measure of 
Our Success 

by Laurie Krooss '81 

"It is in our hands how we measure 
success; how we measure the success of 
any educational endeavor we are a part 
of, our children are a part of, or that we 

support as alumnae and alumni." 

How can you tell if something is working? How can you tell 
if something is doing what it is supposed to do? How can 
you tell if something is fulfilling its purpose? 

I joined a gym for the first time in my life one year ago. I 
would usually go between 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. I lifted weights, did 
cardiovascular stuff and (on the bad days) sit-ups.When I got home 
I was tired. I never knew if it was tired from being at the gym or 
just end of the day tired. I felt as though I could never tell — really 
— if the gym was working. 

This past summer I went to the gym one morning at 7:00 a.m. 
This was a mistake on several fronts. I worked out with one of the 
high school students from the church where I was serving as 
Associate Minister. Never work out with someone training for a 
college sport when you are over 30. Never. Instead of being tired 
and sore at the end of the day I was tired and sore ALL DAY. One 
thing was for sure, I could tell the gym was working. Every time I 
went up stairs to my office — I could tell in my hamstrings. I could 
tell in my arms when I lifted a box. The gym was definitely work- 
ing because I could feel something in my muscles — pain, actually. 

Not all measures of success are this obvious. 

I am an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. I 
served as Associate Pastor of the Orange Congregational Church in 
Orange, CT from May, 1996 until December, 1999. The Orange 
Congregational Church is unusual in that each year a questionnaire 
is sent to every household in the congregation. The questionnaire 
asks for written feedback on the church and individually on each 
staff member. The results of this survey are then shared with each 
staff member in a one-on-one meeting. 

In the summer of 1999 the staff-personnel committee asked 
me a question: In the future how would I like to be measured by 
the church? What criteria would I like the church to use in deter- 
mining whether or not I am doing my job? Great question. How 
does one measure what a minister does? And whether or not that's 
good? Most importantly, how do you measure what a church does? 
How do you measure whether or not a church is doing a good job? 

This issue of the Archon is about education in the year 2000 and 
beyond. Fascinating as I might find measuring success in the life of the 
church, these questions are just as applicable to the life of a school. 

How does one measure what a school does? And whether or 
not that's good? How does one measure whether or not a school is 
doing its job? What exactly are we educating young people for? 

Certainly when I was at GDA, grades were one way to meas- 
ure success and where, in the end, one got into college. Those were 
big measures of success. Important to me personally, to the school, 
to my parents. 

There are benchmarks of that sort in the church too. How 
many people attend, how much money a church raises for its budg- 
et, how many people join each year. 

I left my position as Associate Minister in Orange in 
December, 1999. It was a happy three years and a wonderful place 
to begin my ministry. Yet, I was looking for a new and different sort 
of benchmark with which to measure success. 

Tracey Kidder, in his book Among School Children, puts it well: 

"Many people find it easy to imagine unseen webs of malevo- 
lent conspiracy in the world, and they are not always wrong. 
AND YET, there is also an innocence that conspires to hold 
humanity together, and it is made of people who can never 
fully know the good that they have done." 

My vision for education in the year 2000 and beyond would 
be to strive to educate young people to be part of the innocence 
that holds humanity together. Part of the unseen webs of benevo- 
lent conspiracy that Kidder implies in the quote. Perhaps it is easi- 
er in the church, rather than the secular environment of a school, 
to make a case for measuring success in this manner. Unlike at the 
gym, where pain indicates that at least something is happening, 
there are no easy benchmarks here. 

I recently heard a story about two monks, an old one and a 
young one. The young one was the student and the older one the 
wise teacher. Now the young monk wanted to trick his teacher so 
he thought he would take a tiny bird and hold it in his hands and 
ask the wise old monk if the bird was alive or dead. If the older 
monk answered dead, he would open his hands and let the bird fly 
away. If the older monk answered alive, the younger monk would 
break the neck of the little bird. Either way the young monk fig- 
ured, he could trick his wise old teacher. The young monk 
approached the older one, I have this tiny bird in my hands he said, 
and you, you in all your wisdom, can you tell me if it is alive or 
dead? The old monk answered, I do not know if it is alive or dead, 
but I do know that it is your hands. 

It is in our hands how we measure success; how we measure 
the success of any educational endeavor we are a part of, our chil- 
dren are a part of, or that we support as alumnae and alumni. What 
better measure of success, in any setting, could there be than to 
know that we have worked toward being a part of the people who 
never fully know the good that they have done? 

Laurie Krooss '81 is leading a team of 20 people on an international Global 
Village trip for Habitat for Humanity to Gisborne, New Zealand from December, 
1999 —January 2000, where they are building homes for three Maori families. Tliis 
spring she will be serving as a volunteer at Jubilee Partners in Comer, GA, work- 
ing with refugees from Afghanistan, Bosnia and the Sudan. 

The Archon —Winter 2000 23 

Houses Without Walls 

by Michael K. Mulligan '71 

As the millennium approaches, there is no more glaring 
reminder of the power and efficacy of the American economy and 
the demands of the American Consumer, than what we see when 
we travel along our nation's highways: an endless replication of fast 
food franchises, cookie-cutter motel chains, vast shopping malls, 
and sprawling auto centers. Rare are the reminders of local culture 
and color such as the once ubiquitous diner or the independent inn 
or motel. And it almost doesn't matter where you are: St. George, 
Utah; Pocatello, Idaho; or Bangor, Maine, to name a few of my own 
drive-through haunts. As consumers, we asked for "convenience" 
when we travel across our nation, and we got it, in spades. The 
American travel landscape has been homogenized and we are its 
ambivalent beneficiaries. 

The McDonalds off every third highway exit, of course, can be 
seen as emblematic for what — good and ill — is the present state of 
our economy and the culture it produces. We are served heaping- 
sized portions of the same messages and products they represent 
everywhere we go. But we don't need to hop in our cars and hit 
the highways to feel its effects. They come to us in our homes via 
television (now in every other room in the house), fax, email and 
Internet. More effective and powerful means of communicating 
have never been developed or deployed. They have broken down 
the walls to our homes just as the same relentless "messages" dom- 
inate the highway landscape. 

Communicating has never been more convenient, more effec- 
tive, or from the standpoint of the family, more lethal. We are train- 
ing ourselves not to merely consume, but to adopt wholesale the 
explicit and implicit values that are the subtext for the products 

According to Mary Pipher, Ph.D., a practicing psychologist 
and author of the best sellers Reviving Ophelia and The Shelter of 
Each Other: Rebuilding Our Families, the toll of this free-for-all 
unbridled consumerism on the youth of America is staggering, its 
effects upon our families, devastating. Pipher should know; she has 
spent her adult life counseling children and families in America's 

In The Shelter of Each Other, Pipher takes a broad look at our 
culture and its effects on moms and dads, and their sons and daugh- 
ters. Her message is clear: Folks, it's not just about how you raise 
your kids and what your values are; it's about the values of the cul- 
ture at large. Pipher maintains that the culture that is broadcast into 
our homes is toxic and is "at war with our families. When I was a 
child," she writes, "my world was about Sunday dinners, relatives, 

card parties, church, school, and farming. Now it's a world about 
talk shows, cable television, e-mail, nanoseconds, microwave meals, 
and other people far away getting rich. Our children are growing 
up in a consumption-oriented, electronic community that is teach- 
ing them very different values than the ones we value... Electronic 
media seeps into the interstices of homes and teaches children ways 

Why Camp? 

There are many reasons to go into the woods or the moun- 
tains. Henry David Thoreau went to discover the essence of life 
and thereby determine whether it was ultimately sublime or, as 
he says, "mean." 

At Thacher, we retreat to the woods and the mountains for 
many different reasons. We go to learn that nothing will get 
done unless we do it ourselves, that there is simply no one else 
to blame for our welfare. We learn that working together is ulti- 
mately better and easier than purely individual endeavor. We 
learn that preparation is critical for a positive outcome. We 
learn, as did Thoreau, that "the earth is soft and impressible by 
the feet of men," and we therefore learn the importance of trav- 
eling softly upon it. Perhaps most importantly, we learn that 
there is an inherent grace to the wilderness that enriches and 
uplifts our spirits. It is this last point that means the most to me, 
for I have experienced it many times. 

Wendell Berry's poem "The Peace of Wild Things" speaks 
to this experience: 

When despair for the world grows in me 

and I wake in the night at the least sound 

in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be, 

I go and lie down where the wood drake 

rests in his beauty on the water, 

and the great heron feeds. 

I come into the peace of wild things 

who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief I come into the 

presence of still water. 

And I feel above me the day-blind stars 

waiting with their light. For a time 

I rest in the grace of the world, and am free. 

24 The Archon— Winter 2000 

"Folks, it's not just about how you raise your 

kids and what your values are; it's about 

the values of the culture at large." 

of thinking, feeling, and behaving that are at odds with common 
sense. Families are reeling under the pressure of a culture that can't 
control." The influence of this "uncontrolled culture" results in a 
breakdown in relationships, isolation in an age of supposed con- 
nection, and an on-going disintegration of values. 

Being "at odds with common sense" is not very comforting, 

The despair we all experience when our lives are "frittered 
away in detail" (Thoreau's words) or enervated by the bom- 
bardment of bad news off the airwaves, does, indeed, make for 
an uneasy sleep. Like the poet, I seek the peace of wild things, 
and find, upon my return from the back-country, that I have 
rested in the grace of the world. 

By camping, we experience for ourselves the beauty of 
deep ravines, clear pools, high ridges, lodge pole pines, and a 
time away from a world that is truly "too much with us." 
Camping restores to us some of what is right with the world: 
beauty, friendship, silence, adventure, hard work, laughter, help- 
ing others, and more subtly, but perhaps most importantly, the 
grace that comes from stepping out from normal frantic work- 
day routine and into the compelling beauty of the wilderness. 
And like all grace, it comes unannounced. It blesses us when we 
clean the camp, pack the panniers, and throw the hitches; when 
we talk and joust about as we amble on our horses or backpack 
along the forest trails; when we draw a deep breath of the pine- 
scented forest, plunge into a cold creek, gaze into a star-lit sky, 
or rub our horses' necks as they take us over a boulder-covered 
creek or up a steep ridge. It is what almost always happens each 
time Thacher travels back into the Los Padres or the Sierra, or 
kayaks along the coast, or climbs at Joshua Tree, or runs 
throughout the rapids in the lower Kern or San Juan Rivers. 
Without looking, we are healed by the restorative powers of the 
wilderness. It has happened and will continue to happen to us 
each time we allow the special magic of the back-country to 
unfold and deliver us back to ourselves: "For a time / I rest in 
the grace of the world, and am free." 

-Michael Mulligan 

and I see and hear things all the time that fall into this realm. For 
example, we somehow think we actually know public figures 
because they "visit" us so often in our homes. Pipher writes: 
"Parents and children are more likely to recognize Bill Cosby or 
Jerry Seinfeld than they are their next door neighbors." 

Of course, the outcome of this media-induced illusion is both 
simple and sad: In the age of connection, many feel lonelier than 
ever. They are relating to personae and not persons. Real relation- 
ships — the means by which our young learn — become secondary, 
and for some, they disappear altogether as we become lost in the 
electronic landscape . . . 

That our youth are most certainly in a crisis, is, therefore, high- 
lighted by the fact that "what is going on out there" is delivered to 
us in such electronic audio/visual broadsides that we can barely 
protect ourselves from its nefarious effects. Mary Pipher asks us, as 
parents and as educators, to look hard at what we allow in our 
homes and our schools. She asks us to use the shelter of our fami- 
lies and schools to protect ourselves and our young from what is 
otherwise a "toxic" culture. She says we have been "trained by the 
media to take pleasure in the wrong things — alcohol, casual sex, 
violence, and consumption." In fact, she contends that the media 
and its electronic aims do just the opposite of what Plato contends 
education should do: teach children to "find pleasure in the right 

At Thacher, our job is, as Plato suggests, to help our children 
take pleasure in the 'right things': the love of learning, a respect and 
an appreciation for God's creation, and a sense of responsibility to 
others and to our communities. We do this through living together 
in a real community with high standards in the midst of real rela- 
tionships, real work and responsibilities, real successes and failures — 
and through a healthy rejection of the explicit and implicit mes- 
sages of unabashed consumerism and what it teaches. While we 
cannot keep the larger culture from our doors, we can educate our 
students to recognize it for what it is, and to train them to live their 
lives free from the binding influence of the message that one's value 
is defined by one's physical beauty and possessions — rather than by 
one's work ethic, motivation, and character. 

Mike Mulligan '71 has been serving as head of Thacher School in Ojai, 
California since 1993. He worked at GDA from 1977-1986. This 
essay was originally printed in the Fall /Winter 1997-98 issue of The 
Thacher News. 

The Archon —Winter 2000 25 

A New Teacher in a New Culture . . . 

by Kristen Fowler '88 

Those of us who work in the 
field of education know the chal- 
lenges that lie in beginning a career 
in teaching. What follows is a story 
of a GDA graduate who learned the 
lessons of the classroom fast. While 
learning to teach, Kristen Fowler 
'88 was also adjusting to a foreign 
country with an extremely different 
culture, and discovering her own 
role as an international ambassador 
in a changing world. 

August 31, 1993: First Day of School 

What a commuting scene I make! Silk 
blouse, linen skirt, black nylons, black heels, L.L. 
Bean backpack, sunglasses, and a mountain 
bike. What a cultural ambassador! I ride my 
bike to school from my apartment rather than 
take the bus or train. A nice 25-minute ride. 

Mr. Moro, my supervisor, told me today 
that the one English teacher I hadn't met yet, 
Ms. Shomon, was avoiding me because she is 
afraid her English isn't very good. That is not 
a good sign. I wonder what my classes with 
her will be like? 

September 1 : First Day of Classes 

It went fine! Very laid back in the morn- 
ing; the students had half hour of cleaning 
the school to start off the fall term, then all 
assembled in the gym for the Opening 
Ceremony. The principal said a bunch of 
things I didn't understand (I think it was very 
formal Japanese), and about halfway through 
I went up to the podium and did a little 
speech in both English and Japanese — in 
front of about a thousand students! I guess it 
went OK. The English teachers told me that 
even the non-English teachers could under- 
stand my English. 

I basically spent the rest of the day try- 
ing in vain to organize while the students 
had testing. I'm sure it will be easier when I 
have a clue of what I am doing. 

September 3 

I had a class first period with Ms. 
Shomon. The first time she had the courage 
to come talk with me was right before class. 
I was a wreck! I did the lesson as I had 

planned, but no students would ask questions 
and Ms. Shomon translated everything I said 
into Japanese. I had to single students out and 
make them ask me questions in English. 
They must hate me! 

My second class was much better. My 
team teacher, Mrs. Akao, is so energetic. We 
split the students into groups of five and 
made it a competition to ask me questions 
about my country, hometown, etc. Every 
group asked at least one question. 

September 1 6 

I am a little frustrated with my classes. 
There is litde response from the students. 
They often refuse to participate, even to the 
point that they will not raise their hands as a 
team when we put them in groups, though I 
have heard from many other more experi- 
enced teachers that this technique is effec- 
tive. My Japanese teachers of English also 
seem to be frustrated. Maybe we haven't got- 
ten a team-teaching rhythm down yet. 

Because Higashi is such an academic 
school, the English teachers want the class to 
be very rigorous. I cannot really do warm- 
ups like fun word games or the "telephone 
game." They don't want to have the students 
work in pairs because they feel that there is 
no way to evaluate the students. At first I felt 
that evaluation was very important as well, 
but now I'm beginning to think that there 
needs to be a balance between the advan- 
tages of concrete evaluation methods and the 
benefits of simple opportunities for the stu- 
dents to use the language. The students are 
obviously bored. 

I can't tell if my lessons are too easy or 
too hard. Since I cannot get a sense of the 
class because they are so unresponsive (or 
"shy" as the English teachers say), it is a shot 
in the dark every time. Finding the balance 
of challenging the students and not going 
over their heads is difficult. 

November 1 1 

Major doubts about this job lately. It is 
by definition unsatisfying. The combination 
of my lack of ESL training, ambiguous job 
objectives, and a cushy contract envied by 
Japanese teachers ensures that I cannot be 
accepted among my peers. I feel like I will be 

forever treated like a stranger and a guest 
rather than included as one of the group. 
Maybe I should forget teaching and get 
another job here in Japan. 

November 14 

Went to an international festival today 
with some junior high school students. It was 
really nice to hang out with some kids 
enthusiastic about English! I was in a group 
with a teacher, one girl, and six boys. The 
boys were great! They weren't afraid of for- 
eigners at all, and really worked hard trying 
out their limited English. 

November 30 

I really have to say that I do NOT like 
teaching English. Yesterday I had five classes, 
and they were terrible. It was like pulling 
teeth to get the students to do anything. I 
wonder if I was at the school more than 
three days a week if it would make a differ- 
ence? My team teachers are also disinterest- 
ed and preoccupied — talk about being 
caught between a rock and a hard place. 

December 12 

Yesterday I participated in the program, 
"American High School in Japan." Two 
"classes" of 45 people participated. Most of 
them were high school students, but some 
were also English teachers, businessmen, and 

I taught English Literature. I decided to 
teach the interpretation of Robert 
Fulghum's All I Really Need to Know I 
Learned in Kindergarten for two reasons. One, 
it was one of the only poems I could find, 
and two, it lent itself very well to a couple of 
levels of interpretation. I think it went pretty 
well. I spoke at normal speed, and though 
many people didn't get every word, when 
they assembled in groups they were able to 
piece things together. 

The groups were each given two lines of 
the poem and I asked them to choose from 
three possible interpretations which they 
thought was most accurate. Of course, all 
three were applicable. It was really interesting 
to see what the groups came up with. All of 
the students discussed the poem with each 
other in English. It was so nice to be around 

26 TheArchon— Winter 2000 

students who really made efforts to learn! 

At lunchtime I met a couple of cute 
high school students. One had had a homestay 
with a vegetarian family in Oregon. Another 
girl is going on a homestay to Boston in 
March. We spoke about all the fun places to 
visit — Quincy Market, the Aquarium, etc. 

I had an interesting conversation with 
another student about why it is hard to trans- 
late from Japanese to English and vice versa. 
She cited the many meanings of the word 
"make" and "do" as a difficulty. I spoke about 
the difficulty of translating sarcasm, which 
doesn't really exist in Japanese. The conversa- 
tion extended to cultural differences — she 
said that bags of potato chips in the U.S. were 
BIG, and I said the ones in Japan were small. 

January 18 

Yesterday went very well for a change. I 
think it is because I have such a solid goal for 
this term — it is easier to teach! My goal is to 
use the lessons to develop the students' con- 
versation skills so that by the end of the term 
the students will be able to conduct simple 
debates. I will have them work in teams all 
term and have the teams debate each other. 

January 20 

I am actually getting interested in teach- 
ing English! I had a really good day yesterday. 
It was my first debate lesson, and the kids for 
the most part responded well. There were a 
lot of boring responses, but some of the stu- 
dents had very well thought out opinions. I 
think I've found a way to catch the imagina- 
tion and creativity of the students. I hope it 

January 29 

I have spoken with Mr. Moro, my 
supervisor, about my classes with Ms. 
Shomon — they are completely out of con- 
trol. She does not keep the students under 
control and still translates everything into 
Japanese. We decided to have her observe 
some of our team-teaching classes, which are 
working really well. 

I have been having the students keep 
diaries weekly. An excerpt: 

Daily plan for winter vacation: 

Get up at 7 a.m. 

Have breakfast 

Study 9-12 


Study 2-4 

Nap 4-5:30 


Study 7:30 p.m. -3 a.m. 

Is this for real?? I know that they are 
working hard to prepare for the ultra com- 
petitive college entrance examinations, but 
what a life for a 16-year-old! 

February 4 

My debate class is going better than 
planned. Some of the students' rebuttals are 
very interesting. The skits students do at the 
beginning of each class are getting better as 

February 5 

Ms. Shomon's classes have been total 
disasters. She has made no contribution 
whatsoever to team teaching, and since the 
class plans are designed to have two teachers 
involved, they are not going well. She is now 
talking with the students instead of working 
with me. No wonder the students don't pay 
attention! She also cuts me off to translate. 
What a waste of time for the students! I am 
glad that Mr. Moro understands what is 
going on and is supportive. Apparently our 
strategy to show Ms. Shomon what a good 
team-teaching class is like isn't working — she 
was invited to Mrs. Akao's class yesterday but 
didn't show up. I had heard that the job of a 
JET teacher often is not just teaching the 
students English conversation skills but is also 
to increase awareness of the Japanese teach- 
ers of English. This is a prime case! I am so 
lucky that I have Mr. Moro and Mrs. Akao, 
who are very supportive of this program and 
work really hard at team-teaching. 

Mr. Moro told me most of the students 
are frustrated with Ms. Shomon and they 
want to enjoy the class but don't have the 
opportunity. That KILLS me. I wanted to cry 
after class Friday; I was so frustrated. 

On the bright side, I am feeling much 
more comfortable at Higashi since January. 
The Debate theme of classes has gone pretty 
well. And the skits improve every week. The 
students' response is getting better. Almost 
every day I have a chat with one or two stu- 
dents — they are becoming less afraid to 
approach me and chat. The journals are fun 
as well. 

February 15 

Yesterday I had my best and worst class- 
es to date. Class 3 (my nemesis), struggled 
along — no one prepared at all and Ms. 
Shomon cowered in the back. On the other 
hand, Class 6, which is an entire class behind 
because of a schedule glitch, did the entire 
official debate in one class! What a contrast! 

Some of the debate topics: 

1) Godzilla is more powerful than Ultraman 
(a Japanese cartoon superhero) 

2) High school students should be able to 
get their driver's license 

3) Baseball is more interesting than soccer 

4) There should be no school uniforms 
(Uniforms are mandatory in Japanese 

February 18 

Some students came to me yesterday 
and asked me to draw a bicycle — I had no 
idea why. It turned out that they wanted the 
picture for an essay. They told me they were 
sad because they didn't have my class (they 
are third year students and I only have sec- 
ond-year students). That was the first time 
students actually expressed interest in what I 
am doing. So I guess I am not working in 
vain after all! 

My renewal for teaching is up and I 
have no idea what to do. There are days that 
I absolutely hate it — like the day of the ski 
trip when everybody ignored me- students 
and teachers alike, and then there are days 
like yesterday, when the students worked so 
hard in class. I am also nervous about trying 
to look for a business job in another country. 

February 22 

I have decided to renew for another 
year, and I feel really good about my deci- 
sion. The students are finally starting to 
respond. I feel like I am having an impact. 
What a long road to get here! 

Fowler received her bachelor's degree in East Asian 
Studies at Harvard University in January 1993. 
Hoping to improve her Japanese language skills, she 
sought a position in rural Japan, teaching through 
the Japan Exchange and Teaching JET) Program. 
For two years, from July 1993 to July 1995, she 
lived in Toyama, a city of 300,000 in the Toyama- 
Hokuriku District of Western Japan. Uiere she 
taught conversational English in an academically 
rigorous high school, to students with a mandatory 
six years of grammar-intensive English instruction. 

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lass notes 

Perry Reynolds '34 has sent along this photo with the belief that it is the 1933 or 1934 Glee Club, with 
Reynolds sixth from left, and director Art Sager first on left. 

June 9, 10, 11, 2000 

Class of 1925 - 75th 
Class of 1930 - 70th 
Class of 1935 - 65th 



Harold H. Audet 

511 Crocker Avenue 

Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3705 

(408) 373-5652 

Some of your classmates are lost! If you know the where- 
abouts of any of the following folks, please let Sandy 
Keyes know in the Development Office at skeyes@, or 978/499-3185. 
1925 William B. Derby, Albert W. Horr 
1930 Sidney Levin, Willard S. Martin 
1935 Reginald D. Chase, John J. Cunningham, Ellison 
G. Day, Leonard I. Day, Philip D. DeWitt, William H. 
Fitzpatrick, Edmund H. Lcavitt, David B. 
MacAusland, Norman Ogden, Franklin F Shook, 
Robert J. Sommer, Ernest H. Swift. 

The Pre '39 group has been doing a bit of 
traveling in the last year. Jack Bell '38 has 
completed an around-the-world tour, and 
the reports, via Gordie Ellis '38, indicate 
that it was a great trip. Warren Lane '27 
made a long trip to Asia including Hong 
Kong, Bangkok and Singapore. Included in 
the trip was a visit to the Bridge over the 
River Kwai made famous in WWII. 
Marshall Clinard '28 is now living in Santa 
Fe, NM, and as far as I can determine, he is 
the only GDA graduate in that area. This is 
somewhat of a return to his roots. As a 19- 
year-old student, Marshall spent a summer 
on a Navajo Reservation doing an archaeo- 
logical dig. Lyman Belknap '33 saying that 
he is now retired but will continue to live in 

28 The Archon— Winter 2000 

Wolfeboro, NH. Frank Abbott '35 writes 
that he has been a widow for three years. 
After many years as a resident of Dover, NH 
he moved to Columbus, NC about two 
years ago. Earlier this year Robert Seavey '38 
turned his business over to his employees 
and celebrated his retirement with a trip to 
Hawaii. I suspect that he is the last of the 
Class of '38 to completely retire. As part of 
his trip he went to Long Beach, CA and vis- 
ited the Queen Mary. It is now a hotel but 
Bob had made a trip to Scotland on her in 
1945 along with 11,000 troops. Gordon 
Ellis '38 has been in the hospital again to 
correct some arterial blockage that caused 
some temporary paralysis of his right hand. 
He says that he is now learning to write 
again, and his script is now one of the better 
ones in our pre '39 group. Seth Baker '34 
writes that the most significant item in his 
life is that he remains among the "Quick." 
His most important happenings are the con- 
tinuing arrivals of great grandchildren, tem- 
porarily halted at five. 


Donald W. Stockwell 

8 Country Hill 

Brattleboro,VT 05301 

(802) 254-5504 

Although the response to my request for 
news for this issue of the Archon was rather 
sparse, I was pleased to hear from those who 
did take the time and effort to fill us in on 
what's been happening. It's a great feeling 
after 60 years that '39 is still out and about. 
John Gannett's wife, Pat, has had a triple by- 
pass recently but is coming along nicely. Her 

rehab has kept John from the Capt. Howard 
tug boat but lately they have been piped 
aboard. I wonder what sort of a ceremony 
tug boats perform when the captain climbs 
the ladder. He says in his brief notes that he 
has seen our fellow classmate, Macomb Lord. 
That's good news because Make seems to be 
among the missing when it comes to corre- 
spondence. At long last Charlie Hewitt 
comes into the spotlight. He and his wife 
have done considerable traveling of late by 
various means through Germany on land 
and through Central and South America by 
sea. Both trips were interesting and relaxing. 
Hopefully he and his wife will continue 
tripping along. Let's hear more from you for 
the next Archon. John Klotz continues his 
travels: the Canadian Rockies in July fol- 
lowed by the Mediterranean area in August. 
Super scenery but both journeys crowded 
with tourists. John made it to our 60th and 
played a round of golf at the Olde Newbury 
course which he said was wonderful. 
However, he neglected to say anything 
about his score. Maybe he confided with 
Tom Tenney. Another welcome card came 
from Ed Noyes who for four years has been 
living in South Carolina but does come 
north to Connecticut in the summer. A new 
knee this past winter and the fact he enjoys 
the "low country" which is reminiscent of 
the Newbury marshes must help his golf 
game. Henry Payson, who is social director 
at his senior residence in Portland, ME, 
enjoyed seeing his old pals at our 60th. The 
feeling was mutual and we only wished we 
could have been together longer. Hank 
hasn't lost his sense of humor and he and 
Tom Tenney traded gibes between each 
other. He even requested I shouldn't retire 
which I have threatened to do if I don't get 
a better response from you guys. We shall 
see. Tom Parker now resides in Tampa Bay, 
FL and really likes the good life. It's a lively 
sports town with all the major leagues 
located there. He and Esther will be 
returning to his home town of Northfield, 
MA for a couple of weeks this fall. It's a 
great time of year in these parts. It's been a 
busy season for Phil Simpson. With a son 
getting married, his departure into the ser- 
vice along with scads of relatives visiting, the 
summer months quickly past. However, 
come December it's Sugarloaf and back to 
Florida after the New Year. It doesn't get 
busier than that. Tom Tenney echoes my 

thoughts that our 60th was a great day. Like 
the rest of us he was greatly impressed with 
the changes of the campus. It's too bad more 
'39ers did not show up for the fun and 
games. Tom claims his golf game is still poor 
so he has turned to tennis which is not 
much better. A hip problem has prevented 
John Koslowski from playing golf this past 
summer but he is looking forward to 2000 
when he can again resume one of his 
favorite pastimes. On a sad note he reports 
the passing of our longtime friend and class- 
mate, Matty Harmon, who recently died 
from cancer. He was a very successful owner 
of a food brokerage concern in the 
Maryland and Washington, DC area. For 
yours truly, it's been a rather quiet summer. 
Because of the drought, mileage on the lawn 
mower was rather limited but when Floyd 
came up the east coast the grass showed it 
was alive and well and the weekly chore 
began once again. However, thoughts will 
soon turn to storm windows and thermostat 
raising. One thing about Vermont, it's truly 
four season living which ain't that bad. 


William H. Torrey 

112 Fire Island Avenue 

Babylon, NY 11702 

(516) 669-4339 

60th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11, 2000 

Some of your classmates arc lost! II you know the where- 
abouts oj Liny oj the following folks, please let Sandy 
Keyes know in the Development Office at skeycs@, or 978/499-3185. Webster B. Blood, Richard 
M. Camrick, Locke Ullis, Kurt T. Hoffman, William R. 
McGill, Adrian H. Rutherford, Sandor P. Walker, fames 
A. Walton-Black. 

Norm Quint is getting around with a cane 
while waiting for a bone implant. He sends 
best wishes to the new headmaster. Norm 
also sends regards to the Class of '40 and the 
entire school. Bill Little just returned from a 
great trip to Plum Island with his children 
from Germany and San Francisco along 
with his son living in Newbury. His 
daughter was not able to join them. They'll 
return to Plum in 2000. Larry Van Doren 
we hear is still working at the Frick 
Collection, crown jewels of NYC's Museum 
Mile. Larry volunteers at the information 
desk and helps with copy editing some of 
their publications. Everything is all okay 
with his family (knock on wood). Ben 
Wright, our figure skating expert, traveled to 

Peter and Dottic Bragdon visit with Cara and Howard 
Stirn '41 last September at the Stints' Lazy S Ranch 
in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. 

Helsinki last March to attend the World 
Figure Skating Championships followed by 
a return to Berlin. Ben continues as secre- 
tary to the S.C. of Boston and as a referee 
judge and accountant locally in figure 
skating. Ben is working on "Family 
History" for a great nephew and continues 
to serve as historian for figure skating. Bob 
Little says another year has come and gone, 
and we go marching on. This September 3 
was the second retirement for him and his 
wife; thus they have put aside their 
Dutch/Israel friends and started getting 
access to more time for themselves. George 
Stobie reports golf for him and golf and 
tennis for his wife. His wife also goes on 
turtle patrol to help hatching loggerheads 
get from their nests to the ocean. It's a big 
deal there. George and his wife had to leave 
for Hurricane Floyd. It took 12 hours to go 
180 miles to Flat Rock, NO Horrendous. 
Bumper to bumper and no evacuation plan 
by the state. Luckily no damage to their 
house. He sends best regards to all. Bob 
Schumann's grandson has just enrolled in 
the freshman class, (his name isjud Thissell 
'03). Bob is sorry Peter Bragdon won't be 
around to help guide him through GDA but 
is certain Marty Doggett will skillfully guide 
GDA for at least the next four years. Bob is 
looking forward to meeting him at his offi- 
cial inauguration. Dave Solomon is now 
working part time at a research center (The 
Rand Corp.) which is trying to improve the 
quality of health care for the vulnerable 
older people. The rest of his life is playing 
golf and relaxing with his wife. Maybe he'll 
be back for the 60th. Bob Goodspeed has 

moved back to Florida and again set up his 
leather sales office on Singer Island. He and 
Joanne made a business "and some pleasure" 
trip to Paris and Rome in September. They 
plan next year to spend more time in 
Portsmouth, NH where they have a condo 
and office. They both have children and 
grandchildren in that area. Al Hutchinson 
was glad to know so many of our 1940 
members are still going strong. He saw Nat 
MacDonald at their 60th high school 
reunion. He looked great and this summer 
will celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary. 
Al and his wife are still busy repairing aban- 
doned cemeteries in Waterboro, MA with a 
crew of ROTC members from the local 
high school and another couple. They have 
worked on a total of 70 cemeteries in an 
eight year period. They bushwhack the trees 
and shrubs, epoxy the broken stones, reset 
the fallen ones and get local people to adopt 
them.Al's wife Edie catalogs the stones as to 
names, dates, condition etc. and puts the 
information on the computer. So far she has 
over 1800 stones which can be located by 
pressing a key on the computer. They had a 
busy summer and look forward to many 
more. Charles McDowell (Rear Admiral, 
U.S.N. Retired) reports after 30 years with 
the Navy he ended up a Judge Advocate 
General and retired in 1980. He then 
entered the private practice of law retiring 
in 1992. He is still married to the same 
wonderful wife, Candy. They have been 
married for 52 years. He made the mistake 
this year of going back to his 60th high 
school reunion. "All those old fudds." Andy 
Bailey is still practicing law on a limited basis 
working on a new edition of Massachusetts 
tax treatise coming out. This fall he hopes to 
be playing golf but is very active officiating 
at USGA golf tournaments. Andy is getting 
ready to spend four+ months in Naples, FL. 
He and his wife Joanne are well, as are their 
kids and grandchildren. 


R.A. Little 

146 Fincks Basin Road 

Little Falls, NY 13365 

(315) 823-1662 

Phil Shea reports: "Sorry to report death of 
good friend and classmate, Walter Dietzgen, 
August 8th at Indian Wells, CA. We spend 
summers on Brier Island, Nova Scotia, in 
my great grandfather's home. We sometimes 
see old friends who come for whale- 
watching." Paul Morgan reports: "In 1999 I 
became Chairman Emeritus of the Morgan 
Construction Co. Our two sons are the 5th 

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class notes 

generation leaders. Now I make suggestions 
on a sporadic basis. I'm very proud of son 
Daniel '67. He's chairman of the Board of 
Trustees of GDA." Jim Monroe has been 
enjoying his retirement years for some time 
now. His "desk" is never caught up — the 
usual mixture of travel (all children scat- 
tered), some civic activities, tennis, and gen- 
eral distractions. Both his wife and he are in 
good health. He had a nice visit with Mike 
Moonves. Ed Young and Peter Bidstrup 
when they were in Cincinnati. Edward 
Flynn says: '"Anne and I are going along fine. 
We just returned from a golf holiday in West 
Virginia and North Carolina, and will be 
heading for the "Masters" next spring. Keep 
active and stay young at heart." 


Seward E. Pomeroy 

29 Berwick Lane 

Worcester, MA 01602 

(508) 752-7469 

Congratulations to those of our class who 
have reached, or are about to reach, their 
fiftieth wedding anniversaries. This is a real 
milestone in a couple's lifetime and is cer- 
tainly worthy of celebration. Win Ashivorth 
was the first member of our class to be mar- 
ried among the group of cards received for 
this project of our class notes. His wedding 
date was in August of 1 944 while he was in 
the service. Accordingly he listed his place of 
honeymoon as both the Pacific and 
Hamilton, MA separately The Pacific was 
the result of his being in the Navy during 
World War II. They had met in Shore 
Country Day School in Beverly. They have 
had three girls and two boys, and during 
their married life have lived in three dif- 
ferent homes. Their 50th was celebrated in 
1994, and both are retired, though Win adds 
in that Anne runs a hooked rug school for 
two weeks each year, and this was her 19th 
year. It was good to hear from Norton 
Cnshman even though he's jumping the 
50th anniversary year a little. He and Lucia 
met in Bennington, VT which is a magnet 
for the men in Williamstown. They were 
married in September 1952 and spent their 
honeymoon in Gaspe. They have lived in 
eleven homes, and Norton adds on his card 
"having a great time and hope you are 
doing the same."They had two boys and one 
girl, and both Norton and Lucia are retired. 

Tom Fenn married Barbara as a result of a 
blind date at GDA in 1941. Their date of 
marriage was May 23, 1946 in Waban, MA. 
They have had four boys and one girl (Tom 
adds, "So far!") and spent their honeymoon 
in Canada. They have lived in one apartment 
and five houses. Their 54th anniversary 
which comes up this spring will be cele- 
brated, but "nothing special! "Tom has been 
retired for 25 years, and of Barbara, he writes 
"No. never — must keep on cooking." Bill 
Hill was introduced to Man" by her brother, 
and Bill and Man." were married in June. 
1948. They had met at Popham Beach in 
Maine, which is their favorite summer vaca- 
tion spot. They have three girls, and have 
lived in a total of five houses during their 
marriage. Most of those years were spent, as 
we know, in Naugatuck, CT Their 50th cel- 
ebration was a small party, and both are 
retired. Bill adds: "Doing fine, like new 
habitat here in Maine. Lots to do and 
see. . .very busy." Bob Kelly married in June, 
1949 to a long-time acquaintance he met in 
Waterville, ME. He and Joan, whose wed- 
ding was in Fairfield, ME, have one boy and 
one girl, honeymooned in New England 
(White Mountains, Hampton Beach, Boston 
and in Maine). They have lived in five 
houses during their 51 years together. Bob 
reports that "our children gave us a large 
tent surprise parts' (for our 50th) with many 
friends and relatives." Both he and Joan are 
retired. Brent Kuhnle was also married in 
1949 in Spokane, WA. His wife, Theresa, was 
a blind date, and they met in Boston. They 
honeymooned in Glacier Park and have had 
one boy and four girls. Their 50th celebra- 
tion was a small party and cruise. Brent has 
been retired ten years, and Theresa is also 
retired. They hold the record for number of 
places lived during their 51 years of the 
responses we have had: a whopping 24. Bill 
MacMillan was married in Montreal, which 
was where he had met Anne earlier. They 
were married in May of 1948, and Anne was 
also a blind date. They spent their honey- 
moon in the Blue Podge Mountains, and 
have had two boys and one girl. They plan 
to spend their 52nd anniversary this spring 
with a trip to Mexico. Both Bill and Anne 
are retired, and Bill adds that by the time this 
winter issue comes out they will have left 
Alabama to return to Burlington, VT where 
they had previously lived. He adds "Wow!" 
Stu Pomeroy met Cornelia at the beach in 

Rhode Island in 1938 before even getting to 
GDA. They were married in July, 1950 in 
Greenwich, CT, and spent their honeymoon 
in Bermuda. They have two boys and one 
girl, have lived in three homes during 50 
years, and will celebrate their 50th this 
spring with a family party in RJiode Island. 
William Hill moved into the Highlands, 
Topsham, ME. close to his college, Bowdoin, 
another great learning institution. He is very 
busy volunteering — even with a construc- 
tion crew. He has many new friends from all 
over the U.S. — most of all WW II vets and 
spouses, some MD's, PhD's, and professors. 
He is happy to be thriving! 


Benjamin B. Brewster 

88 Warren Avenue 

Plymouth, MA 02360 

(508) 746-1306 

benbrew@adephia. net 

This month we are hearing from quite a few 
of the faithful, and I wish that it were more. 
Your classmates really are interested. On a 
somber note. Louis Allen is suffering from 
Alzheimers and our sympathies go out to 
him. Much happier news is that Bob Wood 
was married to Beverly Swain and they are 
building a honeymoon cottage in Sarasota. I 
hope there is room for all freezing "43ers 
this winter. Huck Leinbach went out of the 
nice old wooden boat business and bought 
a plastic. Yours truly is about as bad having 
deserted sail and gone to power. It's tough to 
get old. Still in the nautical vein, Walter 
(don't forget to make your donations) 
McGill is working as an interpreter on the 
"Dunton" at Mystic Seaport. He enjoys 
going back to teaching. Bob Wadleigh is still 
touting Costa Rica as heaven on earth. 
Having been there for a short visit, I can 
second his opinion. It is truly one of the 
"special places." Dick Urie is not only still 
working as a consultant, but taken on a full 
time job as Grandfather. He is busy as a 
"soccer mom", transporting kids and loving 
it. Ben Mann reports seeing Bob Tanebring 
and Bob Sims at a 50th for Al Wyles '44. Lets 
keep those cards and letters coming. Ben. 

The Archon is published three times 

yearly Deadline for news is March 15. 

Send class notes to tel. 

978/499-3185. or fax' 978/462-1 3 19. 

30 The Archon —Winter 2000 


Steven K. Kauffman 

137 Jefferson's Hundred 

Williamsburg, VA 23185-8910 

(757) 220-9013 

merlin @widomaker. com 

Homer Gibbs writes, "I've had a computer 
since 1989. Am on the net, email, the Motley 
Fool, all yes. [I asked the guys if they were 
into this stuff.] Back to Sarasota from 
Southport, ME early November. John 
"Pinky" Whitney says, "I'm slowly working 
into the New World of Retirement. All of 
which I've been looking forward to. Then 
once you're here you look around and 
wonder... What am I doing here?? 'Tis a very 
strange feeling. Very hard to let go of the old 
routine." [My cousin told me when I retired 
that he, already retired, got up in the 
morning and did not know what he was 
going to do all day. When he was ready for 
bed, he had been busy all day and was tired, 
but he couldn't remember what he had done 
all day. He went to Andover, which may 
explain a lot or nothing.) Jack Wellman 
reports, "I now am my very own general 
contractor building my own house at 
Pauley's Island, SO On the golf course to 
help my putting stroke! [Being your own 
contractor is not like being your own 
lawyer.] As of February I will have a new 
location and will advise. I am building a 
house about 12 miles south and two miles 
inland from the ocean from which I am now 
20 feet. Hurricanes! I've had enough; so now 
go to the region of flying golf balls from 
lousy golfers. All the best. Happy 
Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy 
New Year. I can't figure out if we start the 
new millennium in 2000 or 2001. Maybe 
the trick is to celebrate both times. 
Changing the first digit, from 1 to 2, seems 
to be confusing people. Does the decade of 
the 90s end this year or next? When does the 
first decade of the 2000 series of years start 
and what are they going to call it? Maybe it 
will be the decade of the zero-zeros. At my 
age I'm just grateful I've gotten this far. 
George Burns used to say he was at an age 
when he did not buy green bananas. But so 
far it's still great to get up in the morning 
and to look at the green grass from the top 
rather than the bottom. Lately its been 
muddy down below." F W. "Nick" Martin is 
still working at his company Martco, Inc., 
which has $19 million in sales and 110 
employees. They distribute, install and main- 
tain CCTV Systems throughout the U.S., 
with offices in Louisville, Memphis and 
Philadelphia. He plays tennis three or four 

times a week and has nine grandchildren. 
Albert Wyer reports: "This has been a big 
year, celebrating our 50th wedding anniver- 
sary and my 75th birthday. We took a trip to 
England on the QE2 in May and had a 
family and wedding party in August at our 
summer home in Wolfeboro, NH. Brought 
together Ben Mann '43, Bob Sim '43 (best 
man) and Bob Tannebring '43 who were in 
the wedding. Marianna and I also had an 
opportunity to stay at Bretton Arms in 
Bretton Woods, NH to complete the cele- 
brations. Now for the next stretch." Steve 
Kaujfman checks in from Melbourne and 
Billyburg in mid-October: "The tour 
around Sydney Harbor was great. Reminds 
me of San Francisco with all the houses 
going up the steep shore around the harbor. 
There are many miles of shoreline and most 
are crowded with houses. Some of the 
places look like palaces; few are modest. The 
Harbor Bridge and the Opera House make 
a great focal point. With binoculars I could 
see people climbing in groups to the top of 
the arch. The way up is all exposed. There 
are 200 steps up and 200 steps down on the 
other side. They issue coveralls and chain 
you to a steel wire so you won't fall off if 
you lose your footing. After a fine Japanese 
dinner in a 32nd floor dining room over- 
looking the bridge and the harbor, I went to 
the train station and boarded the sleeping 
car for Melbourne. The compartment had 
three bunks in it. Nobody but me showed 
up so I slept in the lower bunk. The roadbed 
was not smooth so the bed bumped up and 
down and went from side to side making 
sleeping a bit difficult. After a while I got 
used to it and slept some. Taxied to the 
Hyatt Hotel in Melbourne and sat around 
till noon waiting for the tour. Met the tour 
and after a nice buffet lunch at the Hyatt I 
went on my own on a walking tour of 
Melbourne. The Museum was closed. I went 
up to the 55th floor of the Rialto Tower and 
took a few pictures of the land below. It is 
flat for almost as far as you can see. Then 
there are some mountains on the horizon to 
the north. To the south is ocean. Weather 
was good yesterday. Dinner with the group 
in the evening after a welcome-aboard 
cocktail party. Buffet breakfast this morning 
and off on a bus tour of Melbourne. I really 
like Sydney and am glad I will be spending 
some more time there, but I am sorta under- 
whelmed by Melbourne. It is a sports town, 
lots of department stores and office build- 
ings, but I do not get a feeling of a lot of 
character. Lots of 'suits' of both sexes in 
BLACK. That must be the fashion. Tonight 

we have dinner on a trolley car. The tour 
director says the food is 'very' good. Up 
early tomorrow for a flight to Adelaide and 
a tour of the city. Dinner in a winery in the 
evening. People on the tour, 20 in all, are 
nice. When I get to know more about them 
I will tell you about those of interest. My 
hour on the machine is about up so I will 
sign off. All the best to all of you," Steve. 


Richard A. Cousins 

71 Federal Street 

Newburyport, MA 01950 

(978) 462-4542 

55th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11, 2000 

Warren Furth writes: "Margaret and I flew 
to Rancho Santa Fe in August to celebrate 
the marriage of son Michael to Sheila 
Farrell. It was a grand wedding - a three day 
affair - with almost 100 guests, some of 
whom came from Europe, Hong Kong and 
Australia. The young couple will live in 
London, UK, where Michael works for 
Merrill Lynch and Sheila" 
From Arc h Kingsley: "Turned in our sailboat 
for a Grand Banks 36 last fall. That's allowed 
at 72. Son Arch Jr. is having a great year as 
steeplechase jockey. Two wins and five sec- 
onds at Saratoga. Life is good." A postcard 
came from Santa Barbara, CA from Harriet 
and Lee Noyes who were "enjoying a won- 
derful California tour. Started in San 
Francisco then toYosemite and back to coast 
- Monterey, Carmel, Santa Barbara, Long 
Beach and Catalina Island." Bill Page tells us 
"had a good summer lobstering. The traps 
seem to be heavier this year. All six grand- 
kids can now beat me at tennis. I guess I 
taught them too well. My side of the court 
always seems a little wider and longer than it 
used to be. Barb and I are well and enjoying 
our retirement, our home and our family." 
Don Palais wrote the following: "Don Palais 
reports he met with two classmates at his 
50th reunion at Harvard last June. Stan 
Hamel came to sweltering Cambridge from 
his cool lakeside home in Wolfeboro, NH, 
and Bo Jameson with his wife Rita greeted 
Don at a dance at the downtown Boston 
Hilton. Don is retiring as his Harvard class 
secretary after ten years in that post. He was 
surprised and pleased to be the recipient of 
a silver ice cooler engraved "with grateful 
appreciation - Harvard Class of 1949." Brad 

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Roberts writes. "Chickie and I are looking 
forward to the 55th (!) class reunion. See 
vou then." Irv Williamson describes "living 
in retirement: Four Elderhostels in 1999! 1) 
Baja Mexico — grey whales, swimming with 
sea lions, 2) Buffalo - rruni-med course at 
medical school, 3) Shelburne. Nova Scoria — 
fisheries, loyalists down home eating. 4) 
Rockland. Maine - fall wild flowers, littoral 
zone, ragtime music. GDA Alumni Chorus — 
with Sager and Stone." Paul Withington says: 
"I don't know if I was split open by Colonel 
Sanders to be grilled on the Barbie — or if I 
had a quintuple heart-by-pass (I suspect the 
latter). However, feel great, wife's great, 
family's great, life's great." 


George E. Duffy 

2332 Chr)'satithemum Street 

Tucson, AZ 85737 

(520) 825-4710 

To begin with, my thanks to those intrepid 
lads who responded to my most recent plea 
for news. Ted Baker has just completed a two 
week cruise to Egypt. Israel. Turkey. Greece. 
Venice and Rome. He was home for a week 
and then off to New Orleans for Halloween. 
He says he's travelling more than before. I 
should say! Bob Hadley is still doing "min- 
istry" on a part time basis in Fitchburg and 
the rest of time lives in South Boston. He 
also expressed warm comments about GDA. 
students and faculty. Happy news from 
Brewster Hememt'ay who reports an encour- 
aging recovery from prostate cancer. Brew 
and his lovely wife. Liz, spent last May in 
Bolsena, a small town an hour north of 
Rome. July was spent in the Berkshires and 
then off to the Bahamas in the winter to 
cruise on a 62-foot sloop. This winter Liz 
and Brew plan a more modest Lindbladd 
cruise around Baja. CA. "playing with the 
whales." Faithful correspondent. Warren 
Hill, writes (more "good news department"! 
the "chemo is behind me." As active as ever. 
Warren skied in Chile with his son and is 
looking forward to great skiing in the 
Rockies this winter. Last January marked the 
end of Bill Silvers career as "Dentist of the 
South. "Having folded that tent. Bill is now 
an aide to Senator Bob Graham in his Miami 

Co ngra t illations 

to Bob Hill '48 who was the recent recip- 
ient of the Lewis A. Dibble, Sr., Award 
from the Chamber of Commerce in 
Naugatuck. CT The Chamber has pre- 
sented the award in each of the past 23 
years in recognition of an individual's con- 
tribution to the business and socio-eco- 
nomic well-being of the community 
Presently serving as rice president of the 
Faubert Financial group. Hill's involve- 
ment and contributions to his community 
are many and varied — from chair of the 
town's Library Board of Trustees to 
United Way president, and much more. 
Hats off to Mr. Hill! 

office. Bill still practices dental forensics and 
has been appointed state-wide coordinator 
for disaster teams. In Januarv. Bill and Marcia 
will change pace when they cruise from Los 
Angeles to Miami on the QE2. Herb Levine 
reports that "life is good and fun." He is 
working two thirds time (plus) and traveling 
a fair bit. They are enjoying their first grand- 
child. Sam (18 months at this writing). Hope 
you have a joyous holiday season! 


Homer Ambrose 

5601 Seminar)' Road, U2205X 

Falls Church, VA 22041 

(703) 379-8011 

hambrose@erols. com 

Greetings again from Skyline Towers in Falls 
Church, VA. Floyd hit us soundly about 
noon on Thursday. September 16. Marie's 
walk-in closet and my office were flooded, 
but I managed to save the computer from 
getting soaked. I trust my brothers down 
east got a taste of it. Xorm Brown writes: 
"Last year I installed an underground sprin- 
kler system for the lawn and I think some 
neighbors thought I was spending money 
foolishly. Gotta tell ya... proof of the pud- 
ding was in this summer's drought! As I 
email this (September 14). Hurricane Floyd 
is moseying toward Florida and probably up 
the eastern seaboard and I hope you will be 
spared a major blow in Falls Church. We do 
not tolerate visits from hurricanes in Maine, 
but just in case one does slip through, my 

Send it in! The next deadline for news is March 15. 

wife and I (and neighbors, too) have a gen- 
erator in place to ensure beans and franks 
(read steak) for Saturday night." Al Hughes 
writes: "I am now living in Las Vegas, NV, 
and love it — lots to do! Independent living! 
Great food and entertainment and gambling 
it you want to. I don't! I invite anyone from 
the Class of "47 to come for a \isit - call first 
(702) 869-0325. "John Heyl writes: "Retired 
from Wall Street, but still do financial con- 
sulting for friends. Trying to stay in shape 
with tennis and woodcutting. Busy as vol- 
unteer at local hospital and operate second- 
hand record store in Wolfeboro, NH." Dan 
Hall writes: "Visited son teaching in 
Slovenia (not to be confused with Slovakia) 
with SOROS Foundation. Slovenia, a 
former province ofYugoslavia, broke away in 
1990. Ted also enjoyed playing hockey with 
a town team." Chuck Hartel spent the 
summer in Maine with his son, Peter. They 
did a lot of fishing, but didn't catch much. 
Peter is teaching at Columbia College in 
Chicago. Chuck reports he is feeling fine 
after some recent high-tech surgerv. Bish 
Peale visited the Deerings for a few- days. 
Bish is still ensconced in Arizona six miles 
from the Mexican Border with his ever- 
faithful hounds. Bish and Jack visited Ed 
Rogers in what Jack reports as a fabulous get 
together. Ed's youngest son. by the way. 
works with Jack. Jim Knott reports moving 
ahead at flank speed in the manufacturing 
business and doesn't seem the least bit inter- 
ested in "retirement." The last time I called 
him. he was at his desk at 9 a.m. Jim writes: 
"I invented a machine called a strand galva- 
nizing line that won an award — the 1999 
Governor's Prize — for reducing the use of 
toxic materials in manufacturing and 
tremendously reducing the amount of 
energy used in all other strand galvanizing 
fines the world around. This invention 
required a lot of knowledge about chem- 
istry, physics, and math. Guess where I got 
that knowledge? It wasn't in college!" Jack 
Deering hosted the Maine contingent of 
GDA at a reception in Portland for our new- 
headmaster. Marty Doggett. He was 
received enthusiastically by roughly 75 
alums, including Dana Mayo and Ed 
Rogers. One of the main topics of discussion 
was the privilege in the old days of walking 
to church every Sunday morning. Apparently. 
even - one had a blast. That's the 30 mark for 
now. Stay trim. Live well. Best love to all. 

32 The Archon — Winter 2000 


Robert C Hill 

143 Hickory Lane 

Naugatuck, CT 06770-1724 

(203) 729-7604 

I received a note from Pete Houston won- 
dering whether I should be congratulated 
for taking over Ken Bruce's job as Class 
Secretary... let's just say that I'll reserve 
comment for now. At least I will give it a try. 
My only request is that I would like to hear 
from more of our classmates. Peter went on 
to say. "Tried hard to get up for the reunion 
weekend but just could not put it together 
for a third year in a row. Hated to miss Art's 
swan song." Pete Case says that he has 
"become a golf nut after two hip replace- 
ments forced him off the tennis court," and 
was also "looking forward to being a 
Marshall at the Ryder Cup." Stewart Otis 
has moved to New River, AZ, 35 miles 
north of Phoenix. Stu says, "Come and visit 
- our phone is 623-465-1 165."They moved 
into a new home surrounded by scorpions 
and rattlesnakes... sounds great, Stu. Not 
quite sure but it sounds like Hoover Sutton 
stopped by on his motorcycle. Allen 
Cumings was back for our 51st reunion and 
said that he especially enjoyed catching up 
with Mansjield Smith, Terry Pike and John 
Canepa and "looking forward to next year." 
Tom Magoun has been searching for a year 
and a half for our 50th reunion tape... I 
wonder, Tom, if the fellow holding the video 
camera actually had a tape in the machine?? 
Tom says, "Keep holding your breath for we 
may, hopefully, have it in your hands in time 
for the 55th." Houghton Can writes, "Living 
in a condo with my wife Jennifer is super! 
My ketch is moored only six minutes away 
by car. Traveling a lot to St. Croix, England 
and Africa." Phil Gemmer enjoyed seeing 
classmates once again on our 51st especially 
since there was more sunshine than on our 
50th. He says he is looking forward to the 
skiing season at Sugarloaf Mountain, now 
that his fishing rods are put away and his 
boat is on shore... I know he attended the 
Portland, ME, GDA meeting because he 
met my brother, William Hill '42 there. Phil 
was trying to get tickets to the Ryder Cup. 
Don't know whether he did or not. Ash 
Eames and Deborah have rented an apart- 
ment in Sarasota, FL, during the months of 
February and March. You will have to look 
me up in Ft. Myers Beach, Ash. Hopefully I 
will be down there sometime early in March 
for a few days. Ash says he had a great visit 
with Manson and Allison Hall '49 and Tom 

Emery '49 on Cape Cod." He also con- 
tinues his work in Nicaragua. Somewhere 
along the way down on Miami Beach he 
was with Rod Jennings who took him out 
for some delicious crab soup. Ash thinks we 
all should contact Rod when we may be in 
the area to sample the same delicacy. Ken 
Bruce commutes between Naples, FL and 
Block Island, RI. In between, this year he 
managed to stop off in Kansas City, Aspen 
and Denver. Not too bad for one who has 
had a hip replacement. After 42 years in the 
insurance business I retired for exactly one 
week. The planner who showed me how I 
could retire asked me to go to work for him. 
So, all I have to do is talk to people that I 
think he could help the way he helped me. 
Believe it or not my wife, Mary Cay, is 
happy that I have a place to go to every day. 
I can't imagine what she means by that. 
Please, when it is time for more Class Notes 
I want to hear from you. I forgot to mention 
Bill Lindquist. He finally has drifted out of 
the Maine woods only to arrive at his 
winter home in Florida just as Hurricane 
Irene was about to land in his front yard. 
Kiiyk, Bill!!! 


Thomas R. Emery 

312 Rookwood Drive 

Charlotte, VA 22903 

(804) 977-8763 

tgemery@cstone. net 

A number of postcards have arrived with 
some interesting tidbits. Many thanks! 
Before I cover these, I want to encourage 
those of you who didn't have a chance to 
send one, to do so for our next issue. Any bit 
of news will be enjoyed by all. After our 
50th, I helped two friends sail a 37-foot 
Tartan from Annapolis, MD to Marblehead, 
MA. During the transit, we ran into some 
turbulent weather, so we altered our route 
sailing through NY harbor on a cloudless 
balmy day with gentle winds. We 
sailed/motored up the East River shooting 
through Hell's Gate and on through Long 
Island sound. I had been on navy ships in the 
NY harbor but never on a sailboat. What a 
thrill! On a much different summer event, I 
had planned my right hip replacement 
surgery for July, but my brother-in-law 
changed that date by coming up with Ryder 
Cup tickets. I had the hip done 29 
September and am now thoroughly 
engrossed in therapy (physical, that is)! I will 
be back on the golf course in February and 
with the added and another special card that 
gives me an additional stroke a side. As I 

The 1949 lacrosse team close attack: Rick Tyler, 
Brock Martin, and Ed Veasey. 

write this, Carol and Arch des Cognets are 
expected for an overnight visit on 
November 9. They are en route to 
Williamsburg, VA and will return to 
Williamstown, MA before departing for 
Australia on January 2 to return in June of 
'00. Kim Page writes: "The 50th Reunion 
was one of the best events I've ever attended 
anywhere! It was great seeing old friends 
and renewing others. I shall try to return as 
an interested friend of the Class of 1950. 
Bob Comey '50 is doing their reunion book 
and since we're neighbors, he asked me to 
give him a hand. Manson did such a fine 
job; he should come to North Carolina in 
an advisory capacity. We are now in our 10th 
month of redoing and adding to our place 
on Orr's Island. May get to Carolina by 
Thanksgiving at this rate." Bill Chamberlin 
sent an update from New Hampshire: "It 
was a great reunion! Wish all '49ers could 
have been there. We finally moved into our 
new home, and are very happy with it. 
Hope some of the '49ers will find their way 
to NH! Had lunch with Rod Jennings in 
August with other '53's from Dartmouth!" 
Bud Frame's news covers a lot of traveling: 
"Peggy and I just returned from fly-fishing 
and golf with six couples in Jackson Hole. 
We have business trips to Sao Paulo, Brazil 
and Berlin in October followed by 
Bermuda and Argentina in November and 
December. Where is des Cognets?" Bob 
Coulter wrote: "It was a great reunion. We 
look forward to the next. The week after, 
however, I went for back surgery which 
pretty much limited my summer activities. 
More slowly than I thought, I'm getting 
back to normal. I guess being over 39 does 
slow the healing." Manson Hall talked about 
the challenges that he and Alison face as 
they move into their North Chatham, MA 
home after living in their Wellesley Farms, 

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MA home for twenty-five years. He says 
there are cartons EVERYWHERE, even 
filling up the two-car garage. They still 
maintain a small apartment in Newton, MA 
which facilitates visits to their seven grand- 
children, Manson's twice a week hockey, and 
his weekly glee club practice. Ed Veasey has 
been busy sailing and wrote: "The reunion 
was great thanks to you and many others 
who made an exceptional effort to make it 
happen. Zoe and I sailed to Canada, you 
know where that is, the Bay of Fundy and 
St. Andrews. Wonderful area because very 
few sailors go there. Weather was excep- 
tional." Mansfield Smith sent a postcard 
written by his wife, Linda. "Mansfield's too 
rushed so I'm responding for him. Our big 
excitement post-reunion was visiting a dog 
breeder in Wendell, MA and arranging for 
our wire-haired pointer griffon puppy 
which finally was bred and born and is 
coming to us in a few weeks. Do any other 
alums know this breed? They are great duck 
hunters and our excuse to spend even more 
time in the High Sierra when Mans lays 
down his scalpel. P.S. Our dog was from 'G' 
litter and may be named 'Guv'nor' for 
GDA... still thinking..." 


Alan F. Flynn 

1 Katherine Road 

Rehoboth, MA 02769-1938 

(508) 252-648 

50th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11, 2000 

Some of your classmates are lost! If you know the where- 
abouts of any of the following folks, please let Sandy 
Keyes know in the Development Office at skeyes@, or 978/499-3185. Alan W. Baumgardner, 
James A. Bozarth, Donald H. Cragin, Frederick R. 
Edington, George E. Fraser, Robert H. Gifford, Edward 
G. Hart, Martin J. Howard, Marshall W. Jones, Mark 
M. Levine, Jerome J. O'Rourke, StigA. Rossby, Jacob O. 
Rothbard, Paul A. Samborski. 

The deluge of mail that I had hoped for has 
not yet materialized. Perhaps it will come in 
time for the last edition of the Archon before 
our Great Class of 1950 Fiftieth Reunion, 
June 9-1 1, 2000. However, from the 20 per- 
cent that did respond came some interesting 
stuff. Tim Greene sent a copy of an August 

13, 1999 Boston Globe feature article with 
reflections on sailing from Dodge Morgan. 
The introductory information pointed out 
that Dodge is the only American to have 
sailed around the globe nonstop, single- 
handedly, that he lives on a 30-acre island off 
the coast of Maine and that he was about to 
launch a new homemade, 35-foot steamboat 
called Quiet Presence. The real issue of the 
article is summed up in the following 
quotes: "Morgan is dead serious about the 
necessity of self reliance at sea. ...Every 
boating accident is due to human error. 
...From the time the sailor or powerboater 
casts off from shore, he must assume full 
responsibility for whatever happens. ...The 
vessel at sea is no place to apply our land- 
oriented culture of my mistakes are really 
someone else's responsibility. ...The sea has a 
way of culling out fools, but from what I can 
see, there seems to be an inexhaustible 
supply of them." Do any of you sailors want 
to argue with Dodge? I've heard from Bob 
Comey by mail and telephone. He is 
locating the missing and enjoying contacts 
with Old Guard faculty members as he 
works on the Class Book. Bob anticipated 
the problems the Indians might have with 
the Red Sox in the playoffs, but was shocked 
by the way it happened. From Henry Staley 
comes word that he finds his trips to med- 
ical professionals have become more fre- 
quent. Henry has "decided to splurge and 
build a spacious cedar-log, hunting lodge to 
replace two mobile homes occupied for 22 
years during the waterfowl season in west 
central Illinois. It's costing a bundle in both 
time and money, but it will be a showpiece!" 
Fran and Souther Barnes have sold their 
home "after 43 years of fixing-up, reno- 
vating and adding to a $3,200 initial invest- 
ment." They'll be out by November 30th. 
"What a task we have! "They'll start building 
a new home in Plymouth immediately. 
Their former home was house of the month 
in the October issue of Yankee Magazine. 
Complete retirement eludes Dick Ration as 
assignments continue to trickle in. A spring 
trip to China and Tibet with a group of 
graduate students in international business 
resulted in a ride on the Iron Rooster (train) 
and a visit with pandas. He spent a week off 
Antigua in June aboard a 38-foot sloop and 
then Lynda and Dick did some summer 
white water rafting and kayaking. Ski season 
starts soon. "It's tough to be semi-retired." 

Polly and Don Bishop left on their boat in 
September for a winter sailing trip in the 
Caribbean and Bahamas. They'll return to 
Vineyard Haven in May or June, hoping to 
be back for our reunion. Summers they are 
at 9 Herick Road, Brooksville, Maine 
04617. A card from Brownie Taylor was 
greatly appreciated. He has retired as 
Building Inspector for the Town of 
Newbury, but continues to chair the Board 
of Assessors. "Still active in Ould Towne 
Builders with my son Brownie 3rd." In 
addition he has two daughters and four 
grandchildren after 45 years of marriage. 
Brownie will be with us for our 50th in 
2000. Bob Dickerman doesn't write often, 
but when he does it's a classic. "Intent on 
dazzling the '99 varsity team with my off- 
speed stuff, I trekked up to Byfield on May 
22, only to find that the Alumni game had 
been played the week before. It's tough 
when the mind goes before the body. 
Undaunted, I made it to Amherst the fol- 
lowing weekend and caught the first four 
innings before giving way (reluctantly) to 
some younger blood." Is anyone else playing in 
alumni games these days? Dave Esty attended 
the Amherst- Wesleyan Homecoming to 
receive an award related to his unwillingness 
to give up the presidency of the class of '54. 
There could be more to it than that. Also, 
under the heading of class Dave wrote 
"Best." He must mean all of us. Dave Yesair 
writes, "Ruth and I are still building stone 
walls and landscaping, getting ready for the 
50th reunion dinner at our house on June 9, 
1999." Did we all miss it? No, I'm sure Dave 
intends that we arrive in 2000. June will be 
a busy graduation month for the Yesairs. 
Granddaughters Alexandra and Tania grad- 
uate from Newburyport High School and 
GDA and grandson Kavy '95 graduates 
from Boston University. In addition to 
building stone walls, Ruth and David toured 
the Canadian Rockies during the summer. 
Emi and I spent five weeks visiting old 
friends in Japan this past fall. We managed 
two visits in San Jose with our daughter and 
grandchildren on each end of the Japan trip. 
We look forward to having the entire 
enlarged family together for Thanksgiving. 
Keep the news coming between now and 
June, 2000. 

34 The Archon —Winter 2000 


Fred H. Barrows 

136 Hope Street 

Bristol, RI 02809 

(401) 254-1909 

Howard C. Reith 

P.O. Box 142 

43 Clark Point Road 

South West Harbor, ME 04619 

(201) 244-1662 

YHS has moved to Southwest Harbor in 
Maine. The decision was based on the fact 
that Massachusetts was getting to be too 
much like New Jersey. So when the crowds, 
pollution and noise gets to be unbearable, 
come on up and say hello. Bill Lacey has 
retired and is still in Byfield playing tennis 
and wishes to have another party. Jim White, 
living at the Cape, is now part of the 
"horsey" set. Yes, indeed, it was nice talking 
to you too Jim. David Bullock informed us 
of great activity, his Fearless Fred, during the 
JFK Jr. search. Apparently the NBC team 
freeloaded in Dave's place while the search 
was under way. I'm impressed. Ed Stockwell 
is semi-retired and spending money every- 
where especially on grandchildren. Fall in 
Bowling Green for football, winter at 
Marathon Key, spring at the Grand Canyon, 
and summer at Plum Island. Ed, YHS is 
available for adoption. Dave Pope is still in 
New Hampshire and is also travelling the 
world. He and Chuck Hussey spent five days 
in London sightseeing and fishing. They also 
went to Norway to see some sights there. 
Where oh where did YHS go wrong. YHS 
and Pamela went to Ellsworth once. Bill 
Atwell informed us he is still in Texas which 
is somewhat west ofWorcester.That is pretty 
much all the news he sent. Ben Hawkins 
finally unloaded his home in New York and 
moved to Cranston, RI. He is retired and 
"looking forward to returning to New 
England area." Ben, YHS is not too sure that 
Rhode Island should be classified as New 
England rather than a suburb of New York. 


Franklin E. Huntress 

5C Independence Way 

Glover Landing 

Marblehead, MA 01945 

(181) 631-4185 

Let us know what you are doing now that 
we have all reached 65, on Medicare, and 
retirement. Whether you like it or not, we 
are all interested in you, so be in touch with 
me at GDA. Also, let us begin to think about 

a return to GDA for a reunion. I must say 
that the Academy goes all out in food, 
drinks, accommodations, and activities for us 
all. I will not miss any Alumni Weekend 
(second weekend in June) to share with dear 
friends some memories of once upon a 
time. Sabu and Dick Rothmund have 
attended various events with me, and it is 
lovely to pick up with them after so many 
years. Both are retired and active: Sabu keeps 
an eye on Arthur and Frieda Sager, the foot- 
ball teams, and is in deep over his head with 
the hockey program which he loves. Best of 
all, he is most helpful in stirring college 
hopes in some of the students. Dick, when 
not out in Duxbury Harbor, is making me 
keep the sermons short, with his interest and 
participation in the life at the Church of the 
Advent. We see each other every Sunday and 
do enjoy a memory or two concerning 
those years together in Byfield. Dick, Sabu, 
and I all attended the installation of the new 
headmaster, Marty Doggett. 


William C. Pinkham 

P.O. Box 369 

Glenmoore, PA 19343 

(610) 942-3213 

sbpinkham @aol. com 

Don Tracy writes that they've had some free 
time for vacation every summer until this 
year. Apparently folks from Texas, Michigan, 
the Czech Republic and other parts of the 
globe discovered that Maine and the Tracys 
were a nice place to visit. Fortunately they 
had an economical source of lobster for 
everyone. (Feed them well and they will 
come. Or, as MacDonald's says, location, 
location, location.) They also sailed on the 
Penobscot Bay, and had beautiful sailing 
weather. Don and his wife have decided to 
put their home on the market and build 
something smaller. So please contact Don if 
you're looking for a modest 8,000 square 
foot house which includes a three bedroom 
apartment on one end. Don says it's a 
repairman's dream house; and he suggests 
your kids buy the house and you retire to 
the apartment. Charles Gibbs writes that 
Rose and he are well, enjoying Santa Fe, and 
anticipating skiing. He says, "Work is excel- 
lent - general medicine and very ill psychi- 
atric, psychiatric forensic, and psychiatric 
geriatric patients. A real challenge. Appearing 
more credible as we age." He's planning a 
trip to Rochester for his father's 105th 
birthday and also a trip to Tahiti. He signed 
off by suggesting that we visit him for one 

week and inject Erythropoitin to stimulate 
red cell production. (Hope that was close to 
what he wrote. Neither spellcheck nor I had 
ever seen half of the MD hi-tech words 
before...) Percival (Mark) Lowell recently 
had great fun on a cruise of Alaska's Inland 
Passage, including Vancouver, Juneau, Haines 
Glacier Bay, and Ketchikan. Mark still limps 
around following his severe accident a few 
years ago, and he reports that the doctor says 
that by December they will have done all 
they can but he will still have pain and 
limping. Mark says, "Guess I'm stuck with 
it." And a note from Parker Field that he 
retired in September and they've headed to 
Australia for two weeks but should be back 
in time for the fall colors in northern 
Michigan. They're now living in Traverse 
City, MI. Finally, Sue and I are fixing and 
pitching in preparation for putting our 
house on the market and heading west after 
April 1 . A year behind schedule, but better 
orchestrated. The kids, the Goodwill, and 
the local landfill are reaping the benefits of 
our being packrats. Have a great winter, and 
keep in touch. 


Michael B. Smith 

1315 Merrie Ridge Road 

McLean,VA 22101 

(103) 522-4582 

Bob Abbott remains active selling real estate, 
trying to master golf, and playing tennis. The 
"Lug" has taken up bow and arrow hunting 
(doubtless inspired by Ed Dunning's example) 
and has bagged eight point bucks for each of 
the past three years. He's a five time 
granddad with two more coming. Phil 
Bancroft writes that he's retired from Digital 
and has returned to teaching computer 
classes full time at Bentley College. Dick 
Moore writes that he served 22 years in the 
Marine Corps and retired as a Lt. Colonel. 
He's now writing a book about his USMC 
experiences, especially those when he 
served in Vietnam. Dick says that Art Sager's 
public speaking course turned out to be a 
very important part of his education as he 
had to make a number of public speeches 
while in the Corps and, subsequently, as a 
teacher. His wife, Renate, and he are proud 
grandparents of a ten-month-old boy, 
Calvin. Arky Vaughan reported that he 
underwent surgery for cancer which turned 
out to be, happily, totally unnecessary. What 
they found was an old pneumonia scar! But 
the surgery precluded his joining us for our 

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45th. Arky also writes that Hurricane Floyd 
brushed him by in Charleston. He promises 
to be at the 50th .Your Class Secretary has his 
two bovs. Devereux and Christian, enrolled 
in the local lacrosse league, just to get a head 
start for GDA. Their coach says they are fear- 
like their Dad, the boys seem to like the 
midfield. although Devereux is tall and has 
the makings of a defenseman. 


George O. Gardner 

53 Woodbury Lane 

Acton, MA 01~ 20 

78) 263-3052 

45th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11, 2000 

Some of your classmates are lost! If you know the where- 
abouts of any of the following folks, please let Sandy 
Keyes know in the Development Office at skeyes((L or 9~8, 499-3185. Richard M. Butler. Thomas 
Coyne. James H. Diephuis. Daiid I. Fisher, Paul H. 
Fuller, Timothy W.Jones, James M. Lyerly, Raymond H. 
Rignall. Robert J. Starr. 

David Hutt has sold all his real estate in 
California and moved to Santa Fe. NM. 
Give him a call at 505-466-6069. Bill 
Spence is developing a residential site in 
Sandwich, MA. He is still living in Fall 
Paver, MA and enjoying his speed boat on 
Narragansert Bay. Jack Pallotta has enjoyed 
his first mil year of retirement. He is still 
living in northern New Jersey and playing a 
great deal of golf. Jack is doing a litde con- 
sulting for beer money!" 


James Dean 

P.O. Box 186 

South Berwick, ME 


(201) 384-9184 

Beef Boynton writes as of April 17, 1999 that 
he has just returned to San Diego for the 
summer after five months aboard his 44 foot 
sailboat cruising the islands off the coast of 
Venezuela. He and his wife will return to 
Caracas where the boat is and sail it up the 
east coast of Central America. Jim Dean 
writes that he and his wife received their 

first grandchild. Isabel, last May, born to 
their daughter Penny. Chuck Duncan writes 
that he has just retired from 31 years of 
school teaching at Milton and five years at 
Lawrence. He plans to spend six months on 
Cape Cod and six months in the Bahamas. 
Gordie Martin writes to thank everybody in 
the class for the plant sent to him on their 
40th year in 1996. The plant is beautiful and 
doing well. He also wants to welcome in the 
new headmaster. Tony Miller writes that he 
went to South Africa on business and plea- 
sure last March. He is now working a three 
day week and retires fully in April. He plays 
golf and bowls. He participates in musical 
comedy. He has two grandchildren both 
girls, four years old and one year old. Rey 
Moulton writes that as of July he received a 
new heart. He continues to recover slowly 
but hopes to get in shape soon. He met with 
the GDA Board of Trustees in October. Joel 
Xichols writes that he sees Chris Stoneman. 
possibly Dave Williams. Hank Rogers. Dan 
Leary and Latham Xichols. Daughter. Kit is 
leaving work after four years to apply to 
graduate school in law and diplomacy. Pete 
Renkert says that he has no grandchildren. 
He will retire November 30. 1999 to work 
on his ranch in northern Idaho. Construction 
of the ranch begins in 2000 but already 
there are ponds, access roads and building 
sites. Ed Spaulding writes that he is chair- 
person of the guidance department at 
Cumberland High School in Cumberland. 
RI since 1992. He had spent 10 years in the 
computer business. Before that he had been 
guidance counselor for 20 years in the town 
of Mattapoisset. MA. Ed and his wife Emma 
have been married for 40 years. They have 
three grown daughters and two are married. 
He has one grandchild. Stu Sprague is proud 
to say that he has just sent off to the pub- 
lisher his book called Walter Camp: Tlie 
Lather of Loothall. In it he mentions GDA 
twice. He was saddened by the death of Mac 
Murphy whom he called the greatest of 
teachers. Stu is holding his own against 
cancer. He continues to enjoy his kids and 
all are doing well. His son went off to 
Australia for the Solar Challenge. He loved 
Stubby Martin 's speech on skates. He also 
enjoyed wrestling with Mike Tyler. He still 
misses the sound of truck horns as they 
passed by the school at night. 


Lyman A. Cousens 

4 Goodhue Road 

Boscawen, XH 03303 

(603) 196-6446 

GDA's brightest (arguably. I suppose) class 
has also become one of its most diverse as it 
gracefully ages, to wit: Max Lie. investment 
guru, has become an outstanding photogra- 
pher. A public showing in Sahsburv. CT will 
move to the famous Bondi Restaurant in 
NYC in January. Gale French. USAF/ 
Reserves (retired) moves from being a Flight 
Examiner to motel owner in Amherst. MA. 
Special discounts for 1957 Governors, and 
discretion is assured. In your dreams! 
Cynthia and Xed Beebe have transitioned 
from real estate entrepreneurs to classic 
snowbirds: winter in Guilford. NH and 
summer in Naples. FL or vice-versa. Ned 
didn"t sav. James Perry Lunn is another 
retiree who is spending his very productive 
time touring regional art and history 
museums. Perry fives in Red Hook. NY. Jeff 
Fitts is semi-retired (no work, full pay), win- 
tering in Sarasota while sharpening his 
already sharp golf game. Tom Parker has two 
married children and a 10 year old young- 
ster to keep Tom young. We'll just have to 
take his word for it. Tom has been with 
Infographics for. believe this. 33 years. 
Congratulations Tom. Class Secretary 
Lyman Cousens just can't seem to back off! 
Recendy elected Area 1 (New England) 
President. Boy Scouts of America, overseeing 
the activities of 14 Councils and 67,000 
youth. Re-elected Chair of the Chapter and 
Affiliate Division of the National Safer. - 
Council (70 chapters nation-wide), all the 
while holding down a "real job" as Executive 
Director of the Safety and Health Council of 
NH. Got to love it!! 


Ralph E. Ardiff 
238 Conant Street 
Danvcrs. A 14 01923 
(918) 114-3336 

Have you seen GDA on the web? 


36 The Archon — Winter 2000 


Mirick Friend 

Box 540 

Mirror Lake, NH 03853 

(603) 569-3212 

Bill Whiting writes that he is finding retire- 
ment active and rewarding by volunteering 
for community groups and projects. He now 
has more time to pursue interests at home 
(gardening, woodworking, etc.) and in the 
community (Historical Society, conserva- 
tion groups, and town technology support). 
He just finished managing a group of 700+ 
volunteers who raised $125k to build a large 
playground in Boxford, MA, working three 
shifts for five days. He says he never believed 
people who said they were busier when 
retired than when working. It is true for 
him. Topper Terhune writes that he thor- 
oughly enjoyed our reunion, "especially 
seeing so many of our classmates again. All 
great guys." He hopes we can get everybody 
back for our 50th. He has been busy during 
the summer with lots of golf (winning a 
couple of tournaments), trips to the West 
Indies and Cape Cod, and the wedding of 
his stepson, John Stephens, who was at GDA 
in the early 80s. "All in all a good year." 
Steve Hesse tells us that he and his family 
moved from St. Louis, MO, to La Jolla, CA, 
this summer. He manages the Western 
Region for PNC Mortgate and his wife Sue 
is a non-resident fellow with the Kaufman 
Foundation. His son Michael (14) is at the 
Bishops School and his daughter Stephanie 
(11) is at the Evans School. They all really 
love it in southern California. His two older 
children Steve and Katie have families of 
their own, live in Houston, TX and 
Madison, CT respectively. Each has provided 
Steve with a granddaughter. Bill Donnelly 
says that "fortunately my life is not moving 
so fast that there is a lot to report since the 
reunion. Wonderful to see everyone. How 
about a Boston dinner/mini-reunion?" I'll 
vote for that. Howard Medwed informs us 
that his wife, Mameve, has written a second 
novel, Host Family, which will be published 
by Warner Books in February 2000. Her first 
novel, Mail, is available in book stores and 
from Howie is still practicing 
law, estate planning, etc. at Burns & 
Levinson in Boston. More words from the 
west coast: Walt Cannon and his wife are 
still practicing medicine in Palo Alto, CA.A11 
of their kids are now on their own. Walt 
placed 17th in the U.S. National Glider con- 
test this year. "Not great but my competition 
has lots of time to practice. Presently fin- 
ishing a complete restoration of a 1937 

Enjoying a family get-together overlooking Lake Champlain last September: Anne and Bob August 
P'65, Pik Bostwick, Deke August '65, Deke's sister Suzy August, and Deke's cousin Burdette 
(Pete) Bostwick '59. 

glider." Regarding myself, in addition to 
volunteering at the local elementary school 
and serving on the Budget Committee in 
Tuftonbobo, NH, I have been appointed to 
the Planning Board and also serve in the 
capacity of Emergency Management 
Director. In addition, planning the land- 
scaping of my new house, visiting my 
daughters in Boston and St. Louis, and men- 
toring a troubled 11 -year-old sixth grader 
keeps me busy. Bill Whiting is right! Boh 
Pouch reports, "Susan and I just returned 
from a fantastic two week vacation in Italy, 
just in time to await the birth of our second 
grandchild, who will be joining us any day 
now. As is the case with other classmates, I 
am thinking of retiring in the next year or 
two, but I am way behind Harvey Hayden 
'58 and Freddie Huntress in that race. Best 
regards to you all. 


John C. Elwell 

266 High Street 

Newburyport, MA 01950 

(978) 462-8749 

40th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11, 2000 

Some of your classmates are lost! If you know the where- 
abouts of any of the following folks, please let Sandy 
Keyes know in the Development Office at skeyes@, or 978/499-3185. David Allen, Douglas D. 
fones, John W. McGuire, Frederick Monkhouse, 
Alexander M. Morse, William C. Probst, John B. 
Scruby,fohn B. Silver, Frederick D. Smith, William F. 
Tuxbury, Robert B. Williams, Sidney WWinslow. 

Lots of news to report this time. Fellow 
classmates must have overcome their long- 
standing writing block. "Uncle Tom" Mercer 
would be proud of you! Bob Adams, who 
lives a mere five miles from me and whom I 
never see, reports that he is still working for 
the Mitre Corp. 31 years and counting, as a 
program manager. What does a program 
manager do anyway? His wife Bonnie is an 
elementary school teacher in West Newbury 
while daughter Hanna graduated from 
Brown (Bob's alma mater if I remember 
correctly) in 1998 and works and lives in 
NYC where she is an assistant producer of 
the Ricki Lake Show. Now I do have an 
idea what an assistant producer does. Their 
son Rob is a junior at Boston University 
majoring in communications, and I do 
know what communications folks do... reg- 
ularly and faithfully write notes to their class 
secretary. Bob writes that they spend their 
summers cruising the New England coast. 
In a boat, I assume. It was great to hear from 
Bob, maybe sometime soon he will cruise by 
the Elwell household and visit. Jim Deveney 
wrote that as the founding athletic director 
he will be one of the inaugural inductees 
into the Pingree Athletic Hall of Fame. He 
also notes that this fall he qualified for the 
U.S. National Senior Amateur Golf 
Championship. Jim... I broke 90 a few 
times, do I qualify? Congratulations 
Jim... they are both notable achievements! 
Jim also encourages all '60 classmates to 
attend the 40th reunion this spring. John R. 
Hyslop has left Cheshire Academy where he 
was headmaster for 13 years and is now 

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interim head of school at All Saints 
Episcopal Day School in Phoenix, AZ. 
John's new address is All Saints Episcopal 
Day School, 6300 North Central Avenue, 
Phoenix, AZ 85012. I bet John and I could 
share headmaster/principal stories. Carl 
Youngman is proud to report that his restau- 
rant in Brookline, Zaftigs, continues to gain 
recognition, recently achieving a Best of 
Boston award from Boston Magazine. To 
entice classmates to attend the 40th reunion 
it would be nice to have Carl invite us all for 
a free dinner at Zaftigs. All in favor? 
Unanimous! In addition to the restaurant 
Carl continues to run private equity funds 
with one high technology earning a 327 
percent increase in 1999 and a low tech 
fund which earned 208 percent so far this 
year. On second thought, skip the free meal 
at the restaurant and give us all some tips on 
the stock market. I like to think that the 
many games of Hearts we played at GDA 
developed Carl's strategies for success in the 
financial world. Carl also runs several con- 
sulting companies and sits on some boards. 
How about moving to Hamilton or 
Wenham and sitting on the School Board. I 
can always use all the help I can get. 
Recently Carl was elected to the Board of 
Trustees of Lesley College, one of my wife's 
alma maters. See. . .you now have the educa- 
tional experience to serve on the Hamilton- 
Wenham School Board. Carl writes that his 
wife Joan continues to teach 4th grade 
(someone's got to be the breadwinner) 
while his son Andrew is a senior and his 
daughter Julie is a sophomore both at 
Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. 
This past summer Walcott Hamilton visited 
Santa Fe, NM, bringing back memories of 
his visit almost 40 years ago on the way to 
enroll at Governor Dummer. Walcott hints 
that he would like to bail out of Atlanta and 
move out there. Hang in there Walcott, 
retirement can't be that far away! Dick 
Henry's architecture and engineering firm 
has opened offices in Atlanta (he should talk 
to Walcott) and London. His wife has taken 
a job as an Assistant Headmaster for 
Academics at the Hill School in Pottstown, 
PA, while their daughter Megan is Dean of 
Students for the middle school at St. John's 
School in Houston, TX. Daughter Maria is 
a third year medical student at Stanford, and 
son John graduated from William & Mary 
and is working for the Colonial Athletic 

Conference in Richmond, VA. Greg Myer's 
wife, Joan, writes that "Stretch" is com- 
pleting his first year of law school at the 
young age of 57. Their son Bryce is now 
one-year-old, gorgeous and has won two 
beauty pageants. Bryce definitely must take 
after his mom! Greg is considering the field 
of Environmental Law and may take courses 
at Vermont Law School at which time a visit 
to GDA will be a must. Greg... take those 
courses this year and you can make the 
reunion. And speaking of the legal profes- 
sion, word out of my favorite state, Maine, is 
that Donald Alexander is now a member of 
the Maine Supreme Court. Congratulations 
to Don — the way life should be! Yours truly 
continues as principal of Hamilton- 
Wenham Regional High School where for 
the past three years the high school has 
undergone major renovations. The learning 
curve for me in the construction area was 
very steep and enjoyable. I am ready now to 
be an educational construction consultant. 
My wife, Carol, is a special education 
teacher in Amesbury. Carol and I attended 
the retirement reception for Peter Bragdon 
last June and thoroughly enjoyed a fitting 
and deserving tribute to Peter's tenure at 
GDA. My son, Che, recently left State Street 
Bank to take a position as a Network 
Administrator (sounds something like a pro- 
gram manager) at Manulife in Boston. He 
will complete his master's in Computer 
Management at Boston University within 
the year. Son Kane has started his own busi- 
ness, Eclipse Automation, which services 
plasma cutting machines all over the United 
States. Daughter, Erin '92, is pursuing a 
master's in Occupational Therapy at Boston 
University and will be married the end of 
May. And son, Jonathan, is a sophomore at 
Westfield State College having graduated 
from the Landmark School in 1998. Well, 
my time is up and I thank you for yours! 
Start making plans NOW for our 40th in 
the spring. And don't forget, I leave the 
porch light on for you. 


J. Stephen Sawyer 

3616 Beech Run Lane 

Mechanicsburg, PA 017055 

(111) 732-3908 

that all is well with mother and child. 
Daughter Elizabeth is in her first year at 
Duke University's MBA program. Dick was 
recently elected to a three year term as 
President of the National Cathedral 
Association. Phil Teuscher reports that his 
summer was taken up with polo at 
Washomack Polo Club in Millbrook, NY. 
Phil has also become a businessman — a new 
adventure to add to his collection — running 
family real estate interests. Laura and I had a 
recent visit from daughter Julie and her kids, 
Sarah (6) and Cassie (4) from Indiana. They 
had the opportunity to tour some of New 
England again, visiting relatives in New 
Hampshire and seeing Cape Cod for the 
first time. I've made a full recovery from last 
year's bike accident. 


Thomas S. Tobey 

59 West Portola Avenue 

Los Altos, CA 94022-1209 

(650) 941-5060 

Dick Snowdon announced the birth of his 
first grandchild in August 1999, indicating 

The response to my request for news of the 
class came with lightening internet speed. 
Less than 24 hours after mailing out the 
solicitation letter, I received three emails 
bom John Tarbell, Al "Peb" Rock and Mac 
Donaldson. It is fascinating to hear about the 
differences in their current lives. John 
Tarbell, as I have reported in recent Archons, 
is living in New York City. John has made a 
career change recently and become an exec- 
utive search specialist. John is now with 
DHR, International. However, when he is 
not working, John is enjoying life as the 
father of a four-year-old. I don't know if his 
enrollment in advanced Tae Kwon Do is any 
indication of what he is expecting down the 
road, but the best part is that he reports that 
"I have gotten a couple of 25-year-olds to 
ask for a rest" during workouts. John is obvi- 
ously staying in better shape than most of us. 
In contrast, Mac Donaldson has given up the 
high tech world of business to go into the 
wooden boat building business, as a partner 
in a small business in Haverhill. Since he 
currently lives in Ipswich, he is just around 
the corner (13 miles) from GDA. Sure 
sounds like a fabulously invigorating life 
change to me. Mac says that he didn't just 
jump off the edge, but pondered and 
planned for over two years before taking the 

38 The Archon — Winter 2000 

plunge. The company currently has a 28- 
foot lake cruiser under construction and this 
week has started a 40-foot passenger boat 
for a fellow in Florida. Sounds like things are 
going well. Great going, Mac. Al "Peb" 
Rock is still in the credit business. As 
President of First Arizona Credit Service, 
Inc, Peb helps folks resurrect their credit 
after a difficult time. You can access his web- 
site at Pretty inter- 
esting stuff. Peb is still at the golf game too, 
having carded a 72, 68, and a 74 on his last 
venture onto the greens. He is still up to the 
old magic he used to work with his clubs at 
Olde Newbury. An email solicitation got a 
recent nibble from Peter B. Machinist. Peter 
reports, "I remain at Harvard, teaching 
Biblical and ancient Near Eastern studies. 
The students, as you can imagine, keep me 
honest." Peter also writes that he has a 
daughter at NYU, majoring in Spanish and 
linguistics, and a son who has begun the 8th 
grade. His wife, Alice, teaches science in the 
6th grade of the middle school in Dedham. 
So great to hear from one of the great minds 
of our class who has obviously not lost a step. 



Peter P. Morrin 

1288 Bassett Avenue 

Louisville, KY 40204 

(502) 456-2397 

I have heard this month from Bob Mann and 
Don Connelly, both of whom are pros- 
pering in the Florida sun. Bob is kept busy 
with his Fort Lauderdale realty business and 
Skyler, the youngest '63 daughter. Don 
shuttles from his home in Sarasota to the rest 
of the world riding the crest of the stock 
market like a surfer. What about the rest of 
you guys? We want to hear from you! My 
job as the director of a small regional art 
museum was improved a few years ago by a 
$50 million bequest. Come by if you are 
ever in Louisville. 


H. Laurence Henchey 

8 Orris Street 

Melrose, MA 02176 

(781) 662-2588 

lhenchey@concentric. net 

Kenneth A. Linberg 

677 5 A Pasado Road 

Isla Vista, CA 93117 

(805) 685-1868 

linberg@lifesci. Iscf.ucsb. edu 

The Archon is published three times 

yearly. Deadline for news is March 15. 

Send class notes to, tel. 

978/499-3185, or fax 978/462-1319. 

35th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11, 2000 

Some of your classmates are lost! If you know the where- 
abouts of any of the following folks, please let Sandy 
Keyes know in the Development Office at skeyes@, or 978/499-3185. Page Bohaker, Charles H. 
Dunton, John F. Hampshire, Richard A. Harmon, 
Gregory S. Home, John R. Norris, Christopher M. 
Pope, David C Smith, John H. Stevens. 

Greetings to each of you from this other 
side of the millennium, counting down to 
our Reunion in June. So grateful to many of 
you for taking the time to update us on your 
activities. I must apologize for broadcasting 
the wrong dates for our Reunion in my last 
letter!! The correct dates for Reunion 2000 
are June 9 to 1 1 . I hope no one was incon- 
venienced by my screw-up. Anyway, mark 
those calendars and plan on attending. I just 
booked my airline tickets while compiling 
these notes! Eric Shepard recently cele- 
brated the first anniversary of his marriage 
to Diane Martel. He now has two grand- 
children, Cutter, 4, and Morgan Elizabeth, 2. 
Their marriage "was attended by all of both 
our immediate families. The party lasted all 
weekend and the boat was only towed in 
four times. (It seems our guests could not 
stay out of the shallow water and weeds.) We 
are both looking forward to the great 35th 
gathering at GDA next year." He adds, 
"Work is active. I am still traveling all over 
the world. Was in Asia and Australia in April. 
I am officially volunteering to serve on the 
Reunion committee. Anticipating June, I 
have tried to explain the reunion of '65 to 
Diane. Especially the likes of Arnie Morton 
coming back. It is impossible to describe our 
class!" How true and how delightful! Thank 
heavens for such a diverse cast of characters 
comprising our class and for such loyal 
members as Eric and Arnie, among others of 
you, who grace these gatherings faithfully! 
Great to hear from Ralph Sexton who 
writes, "I'm having a great time balancing 
my life with Rachel, 5, and Johnny, 4, and 
my wonderful wife Val, and my career as 
North American Controller for Polaroid. I 
wonder how many of our classmates have 
been to see the Backstreet Boys live??" Local 
pal Craig Johnson chimes in, "Just bought a 
house in the Mission Canyon area of Santa 

Barbara. Gorgeous mountain views for 
those rare moments when I'll get home 
from work in time to enjoy them. Judy 
(fiancee) and her son Matt are moving with 
me. Just like the refrain from the Lennon 
song, 'It's just like starting over, and over and 
over.'" Craig and Judy, happily, are also plan- 
ning to attend the Reunion not too long 
after their spring nuptials. Jay Allen reports, 
"Nothing new here except for an 18- 
month-old grandson, Josh, and getting grey. 
Just passed 30 years driving a tanker for 
Sunoco. My daughter Kelly is a legal 
Californian now, attending a college in San 
Francisco and loving it!" Hope you're not 
out on the road next June, Jay, we'd all love 
to see you in Byfield! I have a feeling your 
"greyness" will have good company! 
Exciting developments from John Chandler 
Hill who has relocated to Los Angeles and 
recently appeared in the TV movie "Storm" 
with Luke Perry, and will be producing and 
starring in David Mamet's "A Life in the 
Theatre" in Hollywood. Excellent news, 
guy! Hope you can spare a few days off the 
set to join the Reunion throng! Glad to 
hear that Jack Gregg is enjoying the fruits of 
his labors, "I have been doing a fair amount 
of sailboat racing. We were in the Annapolis- 
Newport race in June in my Baltic 38. We 
didn't win but had a respectable finish!" 
Now there's the life! Don't forget to navi- 
gate up the Parker next June, Jack, so we can 
all hear more of such exploits! Russel 
Thomas, who moved into some new digs 
recently, writes, "Enjoying working at a 
branch of the Austin Public Library — small 
town atmosphere, friendly and colorful. The 
branch just acquired a copy of Henry 
Horenstein 's beautiful new book, Creatures — 
get one!" He adds, "After living here four 
years, my dad moved to a center in 
Albuquerque, near my brother, Andy 
Thomas '63. Planning a millennial party out 
in the middle of nowhere in West Texas. 
Hope to be in Byfield in June." I reckon we 
all hope so too! Received two missives from 
R. Diedrich "Deke" August one of which 
contained the photograph that hopefully 
accompanies this column (see page 40). He 
reports that he "spent this last week with 
Pete Bostwick '59 (my cousin) who was vis- 
iting from Honolulu with his wife, Pik. We 
celebrated several family birthdays/anniver- 
saries at Basin Harbor on Lake Champlain 
and my Dorset,VT lodge. Pete hopes to stop 
by GDA this week. Very busy real estate 
summer. Dorset seems to have been discov- 
ered by Generation Xers looking to plant 
bonuses in hard ground. And now leaf 

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peepers descend! Planning to see you in 
June.'Thanks for all your news, Deke, not to 
mention the photograph! Great to hear of 
so many of you planning to converge for 
our 35th. I truly hope that many other 
'65ers will be in attendance as well. Until 
next time, all the best to each of you! 


Michael J. Little 

82A Summer Street 

Waterville, ME 04901 


John "Jack" Howard reports: "I have a small 
law firm in Las Vegas which specializes in 
Criminal and Civil Litigation. Three beau- 
tiful children from 6-12 who keep my wife 
Roxanne and me very busy." Roy Hope 
responded to my note saying that he has 
started a new life with his wife Darla and 
son Edward (two years old). His older chil- 
dren are doing well. He is continuing with 
his practice of general and vascular surgery 
in St. Paul, MN. Len Johnson and his wife 
Christine have changed the emphasis in their 
life — turning to public service. He is unop- 
posed for another term on the Amesbury 
Municipal Council, while Christine is a 
trustee of the Amesbury Public Library. I 
guess I am starting a new life too. I recently 
moved to Waterville, ME (couldn't take 
another Vermont winter!). Newly divorced 
and a new job in watershed protection. I'm 
working on a Protection Plan for the 
Belgrade Lakes (six major lakes in 13 towns). 
My daughter Kate '97 is a sophomore at 
Marlboro College. My son, Seth, works on 
(or with?) computers in Reno, NV — who 
doesn't have a kid who works on computers? 
I got no response to the query about Morris 
Dancers in my letter — so how many Scottish 
Country Dancers do we have? 


Bennett H. Beach 

7207 Denton Road 

Bethesda, MD 20814 

(301) 951-9643 

benjoeach @tws. org 

Forget basketball. Nowadays Ray Huard 
works up his indoor sweat playing an elec- 
tronic drum set. The beat may be moving 

east in a couple of years because Ray has his 
eye on the Maine coast. His oldest, Jonathan, 
is now out of college and in the computer 
business, while Spencer is a computer sci- 
ence major at Western Illinois. Rem Clark 
passed along some bad news from his old 
Phillips stomping grounds: the classic tile 
basement bathroom, including the vintage 
stone urinals, is history. Protest plans are 
under consideration. Lew Rumford and 
family got a good meal in San Francisco in 
August, at FLORIO, operated by Rich 
Brayton, also known as a blues guitarist. 
More than 400 trees are growing in Bristow, 
OK, thanks to Rick Jensen. He planted them 
on a small cattle ranch out in the country 
where he and Marilyn are building a house 
they expect to occupy in March. Sid Bird is 
living farther out in the country, too. He is 
warden of the spanking new 500-bed cor- 
rectional facility in Berlin, NH. For fun, Sid 
plays racquetball, rides a mountain bike, and 
runs trails. As a doctor for Save the Children, 
Dave Marsh gets around. Last fall his trips 
included one to Addis Ababa for a few 
weeks. For those who have forgotten, that's 
the capital of Ethiopia. Andy Rimmington 
nailed down second place last summer in 
the national Latin Sight Translation compe- 
tition. He's now settled in as a grad student 
at Clark University in Worcester. Phil 
Congdon continues to scale Colorado's 
14ers — mountains higher than 14,000 feet. 
Last summer he reached the summit of 
Grays Peak. More news from Colorado: 
Scott Cameron, who lives 25 minutes west of 
Vail, believes his son Beau may be the best 
five-year-old skier in the valley. Scott, whose 
two older children are in California col- 
leges, is considering a move to coastal 
Washington. Asia got its first look at former 
teen idol Reid Pugh in November, but he 
wasn't crooning — he was selling solvents. 
Back in West Virginia, Reid continues to be 
in demand at clubs and parties as he gears up 
for our 35th reunion. Keep Reid in mind 
for your retirement party. PTSA presidents 
Mick Doolittle and Ben Beach went head- 
to-head in October, when Bethesda-Chevy 
Chase HS took on Urbana HS in the first 
round of the Maryland state field hockey 
championships. Emily Beach plays for B- 
CC; Erin and Brittany Doolittle are on 
Urbana's team. Anthony Gerard has been 
reliving the college admissions rat race 
through son Rupert, who's finishing up at 

St. Andrews. Anthony continues to be 
involved in conservation work in the 
Carribean. Win Burt is now on the east side 
of Penobscot Bay a good bit of the year, and 
last summer he was part of a challenging six- 
week trip on the famous old schooner "The 
Bowdoin," that took him from Castine up 
to Newfoundland and Labrador and back. 
Tom Taylor was in Canada, too, "celebrating 
his 50th birthday." Tom now has two chil- 
dren at his alma mater, Amherst. Andy Creed 
does network services and desktop support 
work, on a contract basis. Daughter Hannah, 
who played for our class at the 30th 
reunion, made a Junior Olympics team last 
summer as a catcher and is playing indoors 
this winter. She should be able to carry us at 
the 35th. The next time you jam on your 
brakes, think of Bill Barnes. He is now an 
engineering manager with Federal Mogul 
Corp. in Brighton, and the company manu- 
factures disc brakes. 


Daniel C. Look 

3287 Whitfield Drive 

Marietta, GA 30062 

(770) 977-3135 

Bob Martin writes that he is living at the 
snow line in Twain Howte (spelling is 
unsure, smudged note!), CA in the Sierra 
Nevadas. He is working as a line cook and 
assistant banquet chef in a fine dining 
restaurant located in Angels Camp, CA. Is 
thinking about coming back East from the 
"left" coast. Dave Mitchell took a new job 
last December with Sunbeam Corp. in Boca 
Raton, FL. He is the president of licensing. 
No more sporting event tickets, but great 

Lew Rumford '61 and Rich Brayton '61 and their jam- 
ilies gather for a San Francisco rendezvous last August. 

40 The Archon —Winter 2000 


to Charles Lee '66 whose book Counseling 
the Newly HIV Diagnosed in the First Year is 
now available on line. Written for coun- 
selors (professional and peer) working 
with HIV/AIDS populations, the book is 
also of value for caregivers and persons 
living with HIV. Lee explains, "It includes 
the journal I kept in the first year after my 
diagnosis, for several friends and col- 
leagues who read it had urged me to 
expand it." The cost is $10 to download 
and, through December, 100 percent of 
the proceeds will be automatically going 
to Loving Food Resources, a non-profit 
food bank in Asheville, NC which pro- 
vides weekly boxes to persons with 
HIV/AIDS or those directly under 
Hospice care. In January, the split will be 
50/50 between LFR and Fatbrain. Should 
you wish to order the document, use the 
url and type in 
"Counseling the Newly HIV Diagnosed" 
in the quick search panel. If you wish to 
see a brief sample of Lee's writing, go to 
his new web page: netscape. 
net/pozrev/page7.htm . 


deals on toasters. They have been pleasantly 
surprised by Florida and enjoy living there. 
He enjoys the job, lots of travel. His grand- 
children are GREAT! Are we really old 
enough to have grandkids!!!! Mitch's email 
is An offer to have 
visitors "stop by if you are in town" has been 
made. See you all there if it is a bad winter 
up North. Bill Black is tutoring high school 
Algebra and Geometry. He is also becoming 
more acquainted with Windows 99. He 
sends his regards to Josh Burns and looks 
forward to talking with Josh in 2000. Things 
in Atlanta remain relatively the same. My 
two sons are in the Northeast. David is an 
actor (read waiter) in NYC. He has been in 
three plays and has three more set up for 
early next year. They are mostly Shakespere. 
Sean is the news copy editor for the New 
Haven (CT) Register and is living in 
Fairfield. Courtney is chewing up her senior 
year, looking at colleges and hoping to end 
up in New England. With all the troops 
heading back up north, Anne and I are con- 
sidering moving back. Perhaps to the 
Providence area. Who knows. So if you want 
free lodging in Atlanta, better do so in the 
next two years. 

Jeffrey L. Gordon 

Glen Farm Road 

Portsmouth, RI 02871 

(401) 849-5893 

jlgordon 1 


Have you seen GDA on the web? 

While our 30th reunion seems a distant 
memory (especially since we're all getting 
older), the weekend was great fun for those 
who returned to campus. Our class dinner 
was held on Friday night in the Kaiser Art 
Center, appropriately known as the former 
site where Joe Lilly and I practiced with his 
band which was called "Still At Large." We 
had invited Chris "Coach" Martin to join us 
at our dinner since he had returned to GDA 
to attend his cousin, Peter Bragdon's gala 
dinner on Saturday night. Dick Leavitt, who 
is the Senior Master these days, also joined 
us. Since he was there at our creation 34 
years ago, we thought it only appropriate 
that Dick should continue to be part of our 
class. Mike Moonves made a cameo appear- 
ance, and all in all, it was a terrific evening. 
Those who returned for one or both of the 
days included: Andy and Michelle Costello, 
Peter and Susie Dorsey,Joe and Gloria Lilly, 
Joe Maclntire, Josh and Mary Miner, John 
O 'Leary, Brian Pfeiffer, Chris Barker, Jim 
and Valerie Bayley, Tim Tenney, Jonathan 
Williams, Jeff and Jan Gordon, and a sur- 
prise visit from our old friend Fred Lyle and 
his wife Robin. (I hope I didn't forget 
anyone!) The Saturday morning schedule 
included a very moving memorial service 
for Mac Murphy and then Art Sager's and 
Ben Stone's "retirement" glee club concert 
in the Moseley Chapel. A few of the group 
(some of whom are actually pictured on the 
GDA web page) gathered after lunch for a 
cross-country bike tour to Plum Island. And 
finally, the evening events with Peter and 
Dottie Bragdon's dinner-dance were beyond 
belief. Those who returned to the reunion 
reconnected as if they had never left 
campus. It seemed so comfortable to be 
there with old friends. Busy lives and chil- 
dren, career success, and a love of our old 
school were a common thread for all of us. 
Everyone looked just the same today as we 
did in the old photos which Fred Lyle 
brought back. In fact, not that much has 
changed:Joe Lilly last year played the House 
of Blues for Duke and the Drivers' 25th 
reunion with Henry Eaton '70. And Josh 
and Joe are parents of recent GDA gradu- 
ates, so theirs is a unique perspective among 
our classmates. Here's hoping that all is well 
with everyone, and that the millennium 
brings all the best for the future. 

J. Randall Whitney 

183 NashobaRoad 

Concord, MA 01742 

(978) 369-0914 

jrandall. whitney@ipaper. com 

30th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11, 2000 

Some of your classmates are lost! If you know the where- 
abouts of any of the following folks, please let Sandy 
Keyes know in the Development Office at skeyes@, or 978/499-3185. Gregory A. Beit, Howard 
L. Comis, George P. Dill, David J. Dunfey, Peter A. 
HalsbandJayA. Negus,Terry Nolan, David C. Pasbrig, 
Robert L. Piatt, David R. F. Przestrzelski, David R. 
Smith, Frederick W.Toohey, Steven M. Worth. 

Jeh Bradley writes that he is still in the NH 
legislature, involved with efforts to deregu- 
late the electric industry Bill Tobey is 
"breathless" building a house in Amherst, 
MA, practicing child and family public 
interests law, wife Marilyn is teaching col- 
lege French, daughter Becky (9) is playing 
piano and soccer, and Zakie (7) loves to 
dance. Whew! Amidst all of this, Bill is 
coaching soccer and swimming, building a 
chicken coop and a garage, and playing 
piano. Guy Swenson is living, skiing and 
sailing in central New York state. Guy is the 
senior hydrogeologist with O'Brien and 
Gere Engineering. Daughter Sara is a 
freshman at the University of California at 
Santa Cruz. Henry Eaton is the proud father 
of Brooke '03, a freshman at GDA. She is 
living in Farmhouse. Her parents and 
younger brother miss her terribly. That's it! 

Stephen J. Connelly 

119 Madison Avenue 

Clifton, NJ 07011-2705 

(973) 773-3929 


Mario Rivera 

180 SW 7 8th Avenue 

Margate, FL 33068 

(954) 720-1673 

Mario Rivera writes: "Everything is going 
well here in the Ft. Lauderdale area. I have 
plans of opening a Consumer Debt 
Counseling business where we can assist 
individuals in repaying their creditors. I 
recently had gall bladder surgery and I am 
doing well. James Fleming was in time but I 

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was hospitalized and could not meet with 
him (sorry James!) I am still creating web- 
sites, working full-time as a credit manager, 
and enjoying life with my wife Frances and 
my children Kristoffer David (13) and 
Krystle Virginia (10). Please EMAIL me at Within the next few 
months, I plan to create a webpage whereby 
all of our classmates can communicate with 
each other. The year 2001 is not too far away 
and our Class Reunion is approaching. So, 
let's keep in touch and make plans to meet 
at GDA for our 30th! Enjoy the new 
Millenium." Wayne Gray writes: "Still living 
in Newbury. Have managed to stay single. 
Working at Owens-Illinois as a machine 
operator making plastic containers (Kodak, 
Baby Magic, Gold Bond Powder, Pfizer). 
Spend as much time as I can in New 
Hampshire's Mt Washington Valley where I 
own a vacation getaway." Peter Alfond 
writes: "Everything in the Caribbean is well. 
'La Vida Loca.' Don't worry, be happy. My 
son who is living with me is doing well, a 
surfer, and a student. My oldest daughter is 
at Brown — smart like her Dad and number 
14th in Ivy League Golf as a Freshman — 
again, like her Dad (HA!), but better. My 
others are doing well in Oregon with their 
mother. Business is going well." William 
Litchfield writes: "Our newest venture at 
Litchfield's is the development of salad dress- 
ings, marinades, and sauces for retail sales. The 
restaurants and deli are still going strong. My 
son Shawn graduated from Berwick Academy 
this spring and is presently enrolled in the 
Sports Management Program at Springfield 
College." Russell Ethridge writes: "Life goes 
on. I'm now the Judge of Michigan's 
smallest court in the City of Grosse Point, 
and practicing law. The kids are in soccer 
and hockey, and we've done a fair amount of 
sailing this year. I've heard that Byfield is 
now a Boston suburb with an MTA line 
going to Newburyport (wow!) Love the 
skyshots of GDA in the fancy brochure." 


Geoffrey A. Durham 
504 Roosevelt Drive 

Libertyville, IL 60048 
(847) 549-8401 

gdurham @allstate. com 

First, some old news that missed an earlier 
addition: David Brace writes that he main- 

tains contact with Barry Simson from our 
class. He is married to Bonnie and has four 
children: Nicholas, 9, Ashley, 8, Allison, 6, 
and Kimberly, 2.5. David is employed by 
Eric 1 BOCES as an Educational 
Technology Planner. Steve Routhier writes 
that he and Tora are doing great. Zach, 13, 
and Alexandria, 1 1, are doing very well, too, 
but growing up too fast. Zach is wrestling 
and on the honor roll while Alexandria does 
ballet and is on the high honor roll. 
Alexandria is very diminutive, while Zach 
has 12.5 size feet and is 5' 10" tall. Steve has 
left the Hard Rock Cafe after 14 years and 
is looking for his next gig. He sends his best 
to all. More recently, Bill Frost writes the 
90's technology caught up to him and 
caught him in the mood to email. He is still 
living in Beverly. He resigned from Bass 
River Tennis Club in 1995 after 20 years. He 
is now starting his fourth year as Head 
Women's and Men's Tennis Coach for 
Endicott College here in Beverly — women's 
team in the fall and men's team in the 
spring. The college just opened an 80,000 
square foot $10 million dollar Sports 
Center. The school is going gangbusters, 
growing and expanding. Bill is trying to 
grow and build the tennis programs. Ah, the 
ole' recruiting scene. Maybe Govie's got a 
couple tennis players! He is doing part time 
tennis teaching in Danvers, also, and life in 
Beverly is good. He is still involved in 
investment properties to a small degree, and 
is planning a month long trip to Australia in 
January 2000 — the millennium down 
under. He has to say that "GDA still brings a 
warm spot in his heart. Those were some of 
the best times and growing pains ever." 
Richard Oedel writes in one of his far too 
infrequent updates, although email makes it 
slightly easier. Hurricane Floyd hit Salem 
and did almost no damage, but did leave the 
rain they needed so desperately Last year he 
sold his business, which he had been run- 
ning for the last 10 years, and his consulting 
ended in May, with the result that he took 
off the entire summer for the first time since 
he was fourteen. It has been a wonderful 
time, helped by the superb weather. Bill, 
their eight-year-old traveled with them on a 
house exchange in England for a few weeks, 
and they had the chance to experience life 
in the suburbs of London, while the other 
family lived their life in Salem. And on their 
return, he found that he had been accepted 

to sing with the Tanglewood Festival 
Chorus for the Winter '99 Pops season 
under Keith Lockhart. Now it's September, 
Bill is back at Tower School in Marblehead, 
and Marie (retired from her investment 
banking career with Goldman Sachs) and he 
are planning their next business, possibly 
working together. Will this work out in the 
real world? Tune in later to find out. Sarah 
Ewell Smith sends greetings from the far 
North! They are all fine and going a million 
miles an hour between work and the kids. 
Margo, 13 years old and 5'8 1/2 has deemed 
herself the social director of the 
Kennebunks. Between two phone lines, 
caller ID and call waiting — 30 phone calls a 
day for her is not unheard of. She and Todd 
just don't bother answering the phone any- 
more — it's never for them! Sarah is busy 
being Mom's Taxi in the afternoons. Zach 
has been doing some football, Margo is with 
a hip-hop dance troupe, and she takes voice 
lessons. The weekend of 9/25-26 in 
Kennebunkport was the site for the annual 
Kaleidoscope Convention. Some 320 col- 
lectors, artists and gallery owners converge 
for a weekend of classes about mirror con- 
figurations, wood turning, etc. There were 
banquets and over 50 kaleidoscope artists 
showed off their goods in both wholesale 
and retail shows. It was exciting, but 
Monday morning, it was back to work to 
TRY to get all the orders out that are due 
by Christmas. Her boss made a life-size 
person/kaleidoscope and sold it for 
$12,000! Now they have to figure out how 
to ship it to Japan. Their parental goal for the 
next year and beyond is to spend less time at 
work and more time at home. Jack Halloran 
writes that he is still living in the Bay (SF) 
Area. He added to the family with the birth 
of their second daughter, Caley, in 
November of last year. He is finishing the 
required coursework for his California 
teaching credential and hopes to be a high 
school Social Studies teacher next fall. His 
wife,Tami, just got her first Captains bid and 
will soon be flying the friendly skies from 
the left seat. Life is good on the left coast 
and, other than a lot of sticker shock while 
shopping for a bigger house, things are 
rather mundane. Saw some old GDA faces 
on his annual pilgrimage to Newburyport 
to visit family. Was that you, Alec White, he 
passed on State Street on your way to 
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42 The Archon —Winter 2000 

there are some masters still teaching who 
taught while we were there. Hope all is well 
with everyone from the class of '72. Tracy 
Will writes that this spring he completed a 
guidebook for incoming freshmen at the 
University of Wisconsin, Madison. He then 
switched to Wisconsin Public Television, 
where he is developing a new weekly series 
on Wisconsin history to be aired the fall of 
2000. He is the host, researcher and writer 
for the series. They are, also, producing sev- 
eral documentaries slated for the next few 
years. He is coaching his eight-year-old son 
Roland's soccer team and watching other 
son Glenn, six, at his games. They bought a 
23-foot sloop for sailing on Lake Mendota, 
and hopefully, the Great Lakes. He has 
joined the vestry at St Dunstan's Episcopal. 
He and his wife cheer on the Green Bay 
Packers every week. He sends his best to all. 
Chris Swenson is still in sunny Seattle. His 
wife's, Abigail, work with the World Health 
Organization took them to Geneva, 
Switzerland for the month of August. They 
saw Paris for the first time and hiked in the 
Alps when time permitted. Soon, he will 
begin a recording project in a sound studio 
and will be pushing further into vocal fron- 
tiers. Michael Driscoll has left Comdex after 
eight years of doing business in Russia pro- 
ducing exhibitions. He now works for CMP 
Media in New York City producing the 
business conference and expos in San Jose 
and New York. It will be in New York City 
in December. He recently experienced one 
of the happiest days of his life — the day he 
sold his boat! He says it is great to be free of 
it — a huge amount of financial and emo- 
tional support which can now be diverted 
to other areas of his life, like music. Take 
note, Tracy! As for the Durham family, Geoff 
Durham reports life has not changed much 
lately. Work at Allstate has been very busy as 
I have been involved in installing and sup- 
porting a new General Ledger, Accounts 
Payable, Cost Management, Procurement 
and Fixed Asset system - commonly known 
as SAP. The family is fine. Our sixth grade 
daughter, Andrea, still fills our free time. I 
went with her and 150 other sixth grade 
students for three days out to western 
Illinois on their school's Outdoor Education 
program — a lot of team building and out- 
door activities for the kids. My wife, Jana, is 
active in Girl Scouts as council registrar and 
troop leader. We are active in conservatory 
programs in the local forest preserves, restoring 
native Illinois prairie and woodlands. 


Edward Young 

1 1 Old Road 

Byfield, MA 01922 

(978) 463-827 

Greetings from Byfield! As these notes go to 
press the air turns colder by the minute, stu- 
dents have some free ice time as we are in 
between seasons (and those of you who ever 
skated during free ice time know how pre- 
cious this time is) and Thanksgiving break is 
only days away. Many of us who were still 
burning the late afternoon oil got a treat 
when George (aka — Lou) Brock stopped by 
to say hello — still a very recognizable 
George Brock! It was good to see him, hear 
of his past and to just reminisce about old 
times. Mr. ABU knew him immediately and 
George didn't even run cross-country! 
George, stop by anytime. It warmed this old 
guy's heart to see ya. Sheldon Chase writes 
that he is enjoying life in Durham, NH with 
wife Susan and his 13-year-old daughter 
Avila. In addition to recently chatting with 
old GDA classmates, Sheldon works as an 
independent computer network consultant 
to small businesses in the area. Sheldon, give 
me a call we can always use a man with your 
expertise. Happy news from Jay Martus. He 
and his wife Devra announce the birth of a 
precious baby girl, Manning Field Martus, 
on June 27, 1999. Jay and Devra, congratu- 
lations. And Jay, all us old dads understand 
the joy, fun, lack of sleep, and need-to-work- 
past-retirement-age a new daughter brings 
to your family life (big smile). Jay is still 
General Counsel to Sheridan Healthcare, 
headquartered in South Florida. Walter 
Rivera reports that he and wife Isa and son 
Marcelo took a well-deserved vacation 
(Walter hasn't really left the office for over 
two years) to Disney World and also 
included a magical trip to Nassau and the 
Bahamas on the newly launched Disney 
Wonder cruise ship. He highly recommends 
the trip, especially if you have a little one. I 
understand that little Marcelo enjoyed every 
sighting of Mickey Mouse on the ship. In 
addition to running a successful law firm on 
Wall Street, Rivera Hunter Colon & 
Dobshinsky, LLP, Walter is also a proud 
grandfather. His granddaughter was born to 
son Julian (24) and wife this past August. 
Walter, I think that makes you the first 
grandparent of our class! Got a long letter 
from Doug Doty who is now living and 
working in Moscow, Russia. It was exciting 
to hear from Doug for many reasons, but 
most interesting to me was the news that his 

pharmaceutical and telecommunications 
marketing and sales management work was 
not all consuming. Seems that with the help 
of an email received by his wife from a mis- 
sionary working in Russia, he learned a bit 
more about his ancestry. Doug is related to 
feminist activists Susan B. Anthony and 
another famous feminist abolitionist, secre- 
tary to Frederick Douglas (his grand- 
mother's grandmother, Doug's great great 
grandmother), Lydia Pinkham. For the 
entire story of Lydia Pinkham and more on 
Doug's letter write to me or email me and 
I'll tell you more. But for now suffice it to 
say that Doug has convinced the company 
that owns Lydia Pinkham's patent rights to 
distribute her medicine in Russia. While 
Doug is involved in all of these fascinating 
pursuits wife Olya is the editor of a bilingual 
(English-Russian) newspaper in Moscow. 
The email read "Shalom from the Holy 
Land" and its author was none other than 
Mike Balf aka Balfie. I must admit I never 
called him Balfie but certainly my affection 
for him was no less than those who did. It 
was so good to hear from Mike. He has been 
living on Kibbutz Maagan Michael since 
1978. For the past twenty years he has been 
devoted husband to his wife Rachel and 
father to their three children. Timna is in 
twelfth grade, Noa is in tenth, and Alon is 
five and a half. Wife Rachel is a social 
worker in a local hospital. Over the years 
Mike has taught high school, completed a 
master's in Holocaust Studies at Hebrew 
University, and is currently working on his 
doctorate in the same area. He also grew 
bananas. Clearly, he loves both the physical 
and mental exertion. Mike would love to 
have visits from all and any of us. The 
Kibbutz, 1400-people strong, is on the 
Mediterranean and has its own beach. Mike, 
what a great life! Roberto Arguello writes 
that daughter Alexandra and son Roberto, 
Jr. are both doing well in their respective 
schools. Roberto, Jr. is an accomplished 
soccer player. He is a member of one of 
Florida's top teams for children under 11 
years. Roberto continues to travel exten- 
sively with his work as executive vice presi- 
dent of one of Central America's largest 
financial groups. He continues to enjoy his 
hobby-turned-business, making and selling 
military chessmen all over the world. Chris 
Baker was back on campus this past 
September doing some lead investigating for 
his daughter who has developed an interest 
in old GDA. I'm sure proud papa Bake wold 
be thrilled to see her here. So would I. 
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growing veterinary practice (Baker Animal 
Hospital) in Hampton Falls, NH and caring 
for his three daughters. Wife Robin is still 
helping children as an occupational therapist 
in the local school system. Chris even played 
golf this summer at the Olde Newbury 
course (that he admits walking but never 
playing as a student). Tim Crane, wife Patty 
and two daughters just moved into a cen- 
tury old family cottage. Tim and Patty have 
spent the last year renovating the cottage 
and both report that they managed to sur- 
vive the project with their marriage intact 
and still on friendly terms with their car- 
penter. Sounds like they are glad it's over 
though. It must be a beautiful setting 
because the 700 acres or so around their 
home will now be placed under a perpetual 
conservation restriction. David Metcalf 
writes that he just moved back to the DC 
area from Florida. He works for an engi- 
neering consulting firm, fives in Annandale, 
and would love to take "ole" GDA friends 
out for a sail on the Potomac. Dave, that 
sounds like a deal. Geoff Peters has been 
extremely busy keeping up with his 13- 
year-old daughter and a soccer playing 11- 
year-old son. In addition and in his spare 
time he and wife Debra get as much skiing 
in as possible! John Randall is presently 
practicing law with the help of a staff of four 
and enjoying his recent state of matrimonial 
bliss with his wife of six years, Julia. John and 
Julia have a three and a half-year-old named 
Calfie. John ends by stating simply: "Life's 
great." Yeah, I agree. Carol Salloway has 
been a human resources consultant for the 
past 12 years. Business is great and work/hfe 
balance is more reachable as an indepen- 
dent. Carol and her husband have two 
daughters, Leah and Julia, ages 8 and 5. 
Finally, Sheila and I are enjoying our time 
with our three children. Eddie is a GDA 
junior, honor roll student and active thes- 
pian. He will soon be off to college and we 
are already beginning to miss him. Kristina, 
a GDA sophomore, is a high honor roll stu- 
dent and active in drama as well. Both Eddie 
and Kristina run track in the spring as did 
dear ole dad when I was here. Aaliyah, now 
almost three, is enjoying life with the other 
large brood of GDA faculty kids and 
adoring her older brother and sister. Yours 

truly returned to the stage this fall in a pro- 
duction of Derrick Walcott's "Walker" in the 
lead role of David Walker (editor's note: see 
page 8). Walker was a black abolitionist killed 
on the Boston State House steps in 1830. It was 
fun and I almost remembered all of my lines. 
Well, thanks to all of you who wrote. I love 
hearing from you. By the time you read this I 
hope you will have enjoyed a great holiday 
season and a most joyous New Year celebration. 


Pam J. Toner 

223 Riverside Drive 

Fairfield, CT 06430 

(203) 254-2371 

Pam . toner@newsedge. com 

Congratulations to us — our class won the 
Alumni Class Award for the most dollars 
given in our "Youngest Class" Category. I 
would like to extend my appreciation to 
everyone who responded to my class letter. 
We have received many notes expressing a 
passion for your charities. Matthew McClain 
is chair of Cities Advocating Emergency 
AIDS Relief Coalition (CAEAR). This 
organization is a national coalition of 51 
high incidence cities and nearly 200 health 
clinics nationwide. CAEAR advocates to 
Congress, the President, and the 
Administration for increased appropriation 
for federal resources for the care and treat- 
ment of people with HIV disease. Steve 
James is a Senior Vice President for 
Hunneman Commercial Company in 
Boston. He is married with two girls, ages 
three and 1 1 , and living in Andover near the 
athletic fields of Phillips Academy. Steve's 
charity is supporting the Outward Bound 
Thompson Island program which teaches 
self-sufficiency skills to inner city youth. 
Steve raises money each year by organizing 
a Boston Marathon team. Anyone interested 
in running and pushing your own limits? 
Woolie Woolson reports "The kids are back 
into the full swing of school and I'm 
coaching my son's (Hazen, 13) middle 
school soccer team and having a blast. Of 
course, this means that I miss most of my 
daughter's (Leah, 12) games. Most of my free 
(?!) time is spent helping out or volun- 
teering at school or associated activities of 

my kids, coaching, building a play- 
ground..." Resurfacing from the northern 
region of Quebec, Canada, is Kim Potter 
Navarre. Kim is in the process of looking for 
a job in marketing research, marketing 
strategy, and/or marketing collateral. 
However, most of her time is spent with her 
two sons, Andre, 13 years old, and Pierre, 16 
years old. Both boys are taking Judo after 
school and are accomplished pianists. Colin 
Cross and his wife Teri are still living in 
Winnetka, Illinois with their three children, 
Colin (12), Elizabeth (10), and Brian (6). He 
writes, "We are both active volunteers in the 
SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) 
Alliance of Illinois. Our third child, Michele, 
died of SIDS in December, 1991. She was 58 
days old. As with all of these baffling medical 
syndromes, much progress has been made." 


David J. Bohman 

308 Trebor Lane 

Dayton, Ohio 45459-4232 

25th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11, 2000 

Some of your classmates are lost! If you know the where- 
abouts of any of the following folks, please let Sandy 
Keyes know in the Development Office at skeyes@, or 978/499-3185. Judith B. Abbott, Patricia 
E. Barker, John N. Bashaw, James C. Covis,John R. 
Gossage, Ellwood Johnston, B. Franklin Kelly, Hossain 
M. Majdi, Paula E. McNutt,Jay B. Nearis, James B. 
Roome, Matthew M. Rooney, John T. Spence, Bradford 
P. Wlute, Burniss Williams, Thomas B. Wissenbach. 

Hey '75ers, make plans for the June reunion; 
how the time flies. I just moved by the 
ocean in St. Pete Beach, FL — no, I'm not 
retired, but since I'm in a class about to cel- 
ebrate reunion number 25, its nice to be in 
this part of the sunshine state where you are 
younger than most of your neighbors. I'm 
working as a TV anchor/reporter at the 
CBS affiliate in Tampa Bay, and my wife 
Linda just gave birth to our first — daughter 
Adrianna Rose. I miss fall in New England, 
which is why I'm envious of our classmates 
writing from the great state of New 
Hampshire. Victoria Bell Jones is busy in the 

44 The Archon — Winter 2000 

community of Hollis, NH, teaching at a 
local pre-school, playing on a 30 and over 
soccer team, and working in the commu- 
nity. She recently helped get a new high 
school built and raised money for an audito- 
rium. Her husband Craig is the vice-presi- 
dent for marketing at Bottomline Technology 
m Portsmouth, NH; her son Eric is now at 
Syracuse University; daughter Katie is a high 
school junior; and son Peter is in eighth 
grade. Victoria promises to be at the 
reunion. David Ingrassia will also be there. 
David is the pastor at a church in Windham, 
NH, and is now the father of five. David is 
now at his third church in his career in the 
ministry. David Cain is into real estate on 
Lake Sunapee, married with three kids and a 
love of the seasons along the lake and on the 
nearby mountain. Mike Sapuppo has spent 
the last ten years in the San Francisco Bay 
area, and when he's not windsurfing, or get- 
ting his hands dirty at work, he's at home 
with his wife Lisa and three-year-old 
daughter Sophia. Mike is a partner in a devel- 
opment agency in Marin County, CA that 
acquires, rehabs, and recapitalizes federal 
assisted housing developments. 



Carol Ann Goldberg-Aydin 

301 East 94th Street, 24B 

New York, NY 10128 

(212) 410-1781 

Nina McElroy reports that Kathryn is now 
eight and in third grade at Sacred Heart, "so 
we travel to 91st street all the time. She (and 
we as a family) loves Sacred Heart. William 
is now five and in his last year of nursery 
school at St. Thomas More on 89th and 
Madison. We are going through the horrific 
and unnatural process of applying to kinder- 
garten next fall- — it really takes time and sta- 
mina. Neal and I are both fine. He is at 
CIBC Oppenheimer m the bond area and I 
am working at Republic National Bank- in 
Private Banking. My family is all well. I have 
one sister here, Rina, so at least my children 
have an aunt nearby. We did buy a small, very 
old house (1740) in North Hampton. We 
get there most of the summer and on holi- 
days. It feels good to have a place 'at home.'" 

The Archon is published three times 

yearly. Deadline for news is March 15. 

Send class notes to, tel. 

978/499-3185, or fax 978/462-1319. 

Carolyn L. Borwick 
95 Haseltine Street 

Bradford, MA 01835 
(978) 372-9006 

Greetings everyone. First of all, my apologies 
for not being very consistent over the past 
year. I plead long-term temporary insanity — 
the kind that comes with divorce. This is all 
for the best of course, so no sympathy, 
please! Trade Ackerman Fornaro writes: 
"Any interactive direct marketers out 
there?" Tracie is a recruiting manager for 
Bronnercom (formerly Bronner Slosberg 
Humphrey) and the Strategic Interactive 
Group. Her son, Alex, will be ten in 
November. She met a terrific guy, Scott, and 
they have settled down as a family. Life is 
simple and so nice. Anyone ski Killington? 
Tracie, Scott and Alex will be there a lot this 
winter. Tracie and I see each other whenever 
possible. Eric Laub wrote, a long long time 
ago, that his life must be good because the 
biggest news is that he and his wife bought 
a canoe and have been happily exploring 
the quiet waters of New England. Sounds 
wonderful, Eric. Doug Cawley is a working 
musician in a Spanish speaking black metal 
band called "Hork." He is married and has 
three kids: Sexus, Nexus, and Plexus. He 
lives with his family in San Francisco. He 
signed off with the words, "Bury me 
standing." Huw Jones and his wife have a 
new son, Trevor, who was born on July 26, 
1999. He already has his first lacrosse stick! 
The Jones family moved to Tucson, AZ in 
October and won't miss the rat race in 
Connecticut. He would like anyone who 
finds him/herself in the area to look him up 
atVentana Medical Systems. Mark "Voodie" 
Voneuter writes: "School, school and more 
school! I'm in a Webmaster Program at 
Syracuse and we will start looking at music 
colleges for my son, Jake, this year. He's a 
junior and plays piano and drums. He works 
on weekends as a roadie for an eight-piece 
band. He's a pleasant, focused, gentle teen. 
We are very fortunate! Do I have the oldest 
77 kid? (2/4/83) The sailboat comes out of 
Cayuga Lake in mid-October. That should 
help me pay more attention to my school- 
work. Speaking of which, I have to go 
pound the keyboard now." As for my life, my 
kids (Andrew and Sarah) and I are still hap- 
pily living in Bradford, MA. They both love 
school — Andrew in full-time special ed 
kindergarten, and Sarah in pre-school. I am 
working with special needs students in 
Andover and hope to get certified (yes, 

Voodie, I will be back in school also) in ele- 
mentary ed and then special ed. I talk with 
Kate Wise Tewksbury and Tracie Fornaro 
often. Even though Vicki Papaionou 
Murphy and I live in the same city, we only 
manage to speak now and again. Must be 
that she has teen agers and I have little ones. 
Speaking ofVicki, she has a new position at 
the Haverhill Public Library as outreach 
coordinator. Congratulations Vicki! She still 
manages to cater during the holidays, which 
keeps her out of trouble. Vicki, I'll see you 
on the 17th with the kids for story hour! 
That's all for this issue. Please, keep sending 
those cards, letters and emails coming. I am 
getting more organized as time goes by. 


Scott M. Pope 

25 Tidewater Farm Road 

Greenland, NH 03840 

(603) 436-2903 

Hello all. Thanks to the efforts of Steph, 
Paul Cook, M. Philip Graham, Andrew 
Robinson, and Greg Rose, I have some news 
for my article! As I have said in each article, 
I prefer "not to summarize" your news 
because everyone enjoys reading your letters 
in their entirety in the Archon. For those of 
you who write infrequently, email me! It's 
painless, and I would appreciate it! On to 
the news: With the holiday season and new 
millennium quickly approaching, I hope 
you and your respective families remain safe 
and healthy during this season of cheer and 
throughout the new year. If you haven't 
given any thought to volunteering for a 
local charity, kick off the new century with 
a commitment to help others in need. You 
will feel better and the folks you are helping 
will benefit from your thoughtfulness. I 
heard from M. Philip Graham recently. He 
writes: "Hello, Scott! Thank you for your 
letter and keeping on top of our class. As 
you requested, my email address will now be 
available to you. My news is: I am now set- 
tled into life in coastal Maine. I am working 
as a part-time bookkeeper so that I can 
devote the rest of my time to church music 
work. I am just now organizing that work. I 
would enjoy catching up with some of you 
whenever opportunity avails itself. Look 
forward to hearing from you in the future. 
My best to you and your family." M, thanks 
for the letter. I suspect your busy season is 
here, practicing for the "Christmas concert." 
Andrew Robinson emailed me the other day. 
He wrote: "Haley, our three-year-old cutie is 

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in daycare at the best thing since sliced bread 
in Montclair, NJ. Patty is still working for 
her family business making corrugated 
boxes in Newark. I'm doing some pretty 
neat environmental stuff all over northern 
Jersey I have recently become excited about 
some industrial land on the eastern shore of 
Maryland. I'm talking with people there in 
hopes of rehabilitating it. If it's contami- 
nated, I can clean it up and redevelop it. If 
it's clean, however, it might be expensive. 
My Dad is living in Newburyport and 
doing pretty well. His macular degeneration 
is making him mad, however. In fact, I was 
up there a few months ago with Matthew, 
and I bumped into Jim Goodhartl He seems 
well and happy, I'm glad to report. Oh, 
where the heck is Tad Higgins and his new 
bride? I tried to find the town "in the 
Hudson Valley" where I read they lived, but 
couldn't. I could babble on about things, but 
I think I'll end it here. Oh, if there's anyone 
in our class who might be in my area and 
wants to get together for a beer or some- 
thing, I can always be paged @ 201-545- 
2819. My home number is 973-857-7518. 
I'd strongly urge any classmate or friend to 
reach out to me just for fun. Well, that's it for 
now. Hmmmm, let's see. Oh, yeah, my email 
address is, I believe, groundwork@home. 
com. Now ... I ... move ... the mouse ... over 
... here ... and ... I ... that works. Until we 
type again ... Oh, I saw Bob Claggett during 
the weekend I visited my father. It was nice 
to see my old German teacher from GDA. 
He's doing great and he's still in the office of 
admissions at Harvard. I am hoping to 
remain friendly with him. Who knows, 
maybe Matthew and/or Haley will need a 
little assistance in that department some 
c'ay... See ya. P.S. if there's anybody who 
knows anything about cold storage facility 
construction or management, please let me 
know. Third, if anyone has any environ- 
mental needs or questions whatsoever, I'd be 
glad to help them. That's it!" Kit Latham 
wrote me a two-page letter via the mail. 
Please forgive Kit, but some words I could 
not decipher, so I am going to do the best I 
can in re-typing your letter. I will leave out 
his personal kind words for me and give you 
the rest of his news. He wrote: "Dear Scott, 
Enjoyed your letter. Service is a vital ele- 

ment in the reconstruction of peoples lives 
ravaged by drug/alcohol/emotional abuse. I 
worked at a homeless teaching program at 
my church in NYC for three years and it 
was a very tough thing to do. We were 
making dinner for 40 to 50 each night, 
twice a week, and many of those were crack 
heads and drunks. It was in the early 90's, 
and there were deranged people who had 
been abandoned by the mental health net- 
work after the radical success of Prozac and 
its new generation of variants. I have moved 
from NYC after having lived there since 
1981— Can you believe it? 1981-98, a long 
time. My career has reached a point of suc- 
cess that I now have a top agent and able to 
work my contracts in the city by remote 
control. I still drive in once or twice a week. 
Since I am a location photographer and 
travel so much, I felt I had reached a point 
where New York City had become a serious 
emotional and psychic strain. Two and a half 
hours from NYC and I am starting to 
decompress from the 18 years of NYC ... 
being cleansed by the sacred fires of 
Manhattan. 'Either you are burnt to a crisp 
or are forever transformed.' (Clarkson 
Potter). The book I did with Margaret 
Roader, A Way to Garden, published last year 
has already gone into its second printing. I 
have done three books in the last 10 years 
and this is by far the best written, pho- 
tographed and art directed than anything I 
have done before. I have had a nice run of 
assignments from the New York Times 
Magazine. September 12th was the most 
recent published (Sept 12th NYTimes 
Sunday Magazine) . The shot is in the back; 
every week they have a food recipe and 
photo. The next one will run in a week or 
two. I have also been shooting a great deal of 
gardens and botanicals for Martha Stewart 
Living. In the May 1999 issue I had a won- 
derful eight page garden story. I am happy to 
hear of your happiness and I also wanted to 
mention in parting that I bumped into 
Jamie and Tad quite a bit in this area. All the 
best, Kit." Thanks Kit. I enjoyed reading 
your letter and hearing that you are out of 
NYC!!!! I am excited for your career and 
will make it a point to find your work. Well, 
that's it guys! I'll stay in touch if you do. 
Until later, adios! 


Avery K. Woodworth 

19 Downfall Road 

Byfield, MA 01922 

(978) 463-2563 

Secretary Needed 

20th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11, 2000 

Some of your classmates are lost! If you know the where- 
abouts of any of the following folks, please let Sandy 
Keyes know in the Development Office at skeyes@, or 978/499-3185. Janine L. Banks, Douglas 
V. Leathern, Jonathan T. Morrissey, Guillermo Saenz. 

Rand Pendleton is going to try coastal living 
for awhile; she will be moving to Santa Cruz 
this year. Hope the fog doesn't get to her. 
John Wise reports: "Hello, big changes for 
the Wise Family. After lots of agonizing 
thought I have closed dad's home childcare. 
Ellen Grace has started kindergarten and 
Jack has entered third grade. My main role is 
still home-Dad. But have taken a part time 
job driving a Zamboni and sharpening 
skates at a local arena. Driving a Zamboni is 
a lot harder than it looks. I have a new 
appreciation for what Steve Harrington did. 
And he did it outside in the old rink!! My 
wife is in her second year of physician assis- 
tant school and will graduate in May of '00. 
We have racked up lots of loans, so we will 
be headed off to a rural area somewhere. 
The Federal Government will help payoff 
our loans if we go to an underserved area." 


Jennifer G. Steward 

715 Main Street 

Boxford, MA 01921 

(978) 352-7694 

jgsteward@earthlink. net 

Happy Holidays! It was great to hear from 
so many classmates! The following notes are 
in no particular order — except those who 
wrote via s-mail first, followed by all of the 
e-mailers. So, here we go: Eric Adell writes, 

46 The Archon — Winter 2000 

"Things are well. Mackenzie is in second 
grade and Tory is in pre-K. Work is busy. 
Patty works with me handling the human 
resources end of the business — always a 
challenge. Went white water rafting for our 
1 1th anniversary, had a blast!" Clarissa Dane 
sent news on how her career in music is 
progressing in New York. She is playing 
original work regularly at The Bitter End 
and recently had a spot onVHl. She writes 
that "the most rewarding work by far is 
singing at the "Race for the Cure" events 
across the country throughout the year. (For 
events listings: 
It's for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 
Foundation. I have been deeply honored to 
sing for cancer survivors and all the partici- 
pants who come to walk and run for a cure. 
I am in awe of their dedication! Many races 
have up to and beyond 17,000 people! 
Profoundly inspiring! I hope everyone is 
well. Love to Lyn, andVinca and congrats to 
all new Moms and Dads!" Life sounds like 
it's treating Keller Laws and his family really 
well! He writes, "ALOHA! We had a great 
summer. Our second child, Janelle Julia 
Laros was born on July 7th. Our three-year- 
old son Russell is being a very nice big 
brother. I've done an underwater shoot for 
Fox Family Channel's "World Gone Wild, 
where we visit my favorite animal, the 
manta ray. I also contributed some footage 
to a show produced by Jean Michelle 
Cousteau. I'm planning to see Mike Reilly 
and family when they visit in 2000. Aloha to 
all." Thanks to Kerry Oldfield who took 
time to write on behalf of her very busy 
husband Stephen Oldfield. "Life is treating us 
all well. We are settled into our new home in 
a rural backwater with no neighbors! Steve 
is working harder than ever since he has 
recently been promoted to a Director of 
Price Waterhouse Coopers and is now run- 
ning his division for all of East Anglia. He 
definitely has plans to bring us all over for 
the 20th Reunion and asks me to warn you 
all that he looks a little different from all 
those years ago, owing to considerable hair 
loss!!" (No worries Steve, I doubt you're 
alone!) Susan Perry sent word from 
Andover: "Hello to the Class of '81. Happy 
New Year and good wishes for the year 
2000! I love my job at Phillips Academy — 
still teaching Biology and serving as advisor 
for gay, lesbian and bisexual issues. Our 
office is busy assisting our international stu- 
dents, students of color, GLBT kids and 
families all year long. It was great to see Kath 
O'Leary last month. Dan Cooke and I are 
perfecting our sailing skills out of 

Newburyport Harbor. Lots of kayaking for 
me, time by the ocean as much as I can, and 
sliding closer to 40! Hopefully GDA will be 
more welcoming to GLB students and fac- 
ulty with a new head of school. Wishes of 
peace and health to you all." Pam Kelly 
emailed me: "I felt like doing something 
crazy today so I thought I'd finally send you 
a note! I'm living in New York City and am 
working on a Ph.D. in Public Policy at 
Columbia. When I'm able to take a break 
from my work (which is rare) I play with my 
dog or pretend I can play the guitar. I'm still 
happily single — are Lisa Louden and I the 
only ones? If anyone would like to contact 
me, feel free:" The 
Whitney family is doing well. Mark sent 
word via email: "Mary Anne gave birth to 
John Brady "Jack" on August 13th. Jack is 
doing great as are Richard (5) and Margaret 
(3). We are all enjoying Boca Raton, FL. Lots 
to do with young children! I continue to 
love my work in mergers and acquisitions at 
Tyco International." I also received an email 
from Kitty Rahbany (krahbany@ mediaone 
.net): "I too am doing well — although I'm 
not in the place I thought I would be in 
when I was a teenager looking into the 
future! I always thought I'd be married at 
this point and that I'd have kids but it's 
funny how luck, choices, fate, whatever does 
what it will to your life. I have to admit my 
life seemed to be on hold for quite a while, 
as I waited for the things to happen that I 
thought would happen. So, I decided that 
instead of looking at my job as a paycheck, 
I would invest in my career and just go for 
it. Now I am a 1L at Boston College Law 
School and, although I feel a little out of 
place with all the younger folks, I am loving 
it!!! It's something I've wanted to do for a 
long time but have always put aside because 
of other people's needs/expectations. 
Although I'd rather have a husband and 
family, this isn't bad... I feel like I've got a "do 
over" and it's nice to see the world as full of 
opportunity again! I wonder if any other 
classmates are doing things like this a little 
later in life than usual?" Richard Aranosian 
also emailed; "I am still living the Wild 
Single Life in Sunny South Florida! Still 
working as Network Administrator for 
Access One Communications. We are a 
growing Local Phone Co., and hope to go 
IPO next year. I am also looking forward to 
the New Millennium, and hoping that the 
Y2K computer situation does not cause too 
many problems?!? I do not get to New 
England too often, but will definitely be at 
our 20th reunion! Lets try to get as many 

people there as possible. That means you too 
Keller! Mark Whitney and family now live 
up the road from me in Boca Raton. We 
have not hooked up yet, but thankfully we 
both survived Hurricane Floyd! If any class- 
mates get in the area, be sure too look me 
up:" Dan Cooke 
wrote me with news that he has returned to 
New England. "I have moved back to 
Boston after about ten years in Washington, 
DC. I'm working as a lawyer for a bank in 
the financial district. This morning, I ran 
into Lisa Louden on the T, and we played 
"who's where." She won. I hardly know a 
thing about anyone — except that David 
Critics is living in Germany with his wife 
and two children; Abby sounds very happy 
in St. Louis; Susan Perry and I are consid- 
ering a sail to Camden, ME this Labor Day 
weekend; I've heard David Simla has a new 
baby and is living outside Pittsburgh; and, as 
you know, Lisa seems absolutely fantastic 
with a wonderful job and new home back in 
Marblehead. I'm supposed to close on a loft 
in the "leather district" early in September. 
You can reach me at Daniel_ Cooke@fhlb-" Once again thank you to all 
who wrote and emailed. I enjoyed hearing 
from so many classmates! It is hard to believe 
that we are only a year away from our 20th 
Reunion. Until then, let's work to keep the 
news coming! Happy New Millenium! 

Nancy L. Wickwire 
33 Caron Road 
Bedford, NH 03110 
(603) 472-8993 
anwick@worldnet. att. net 

Trina Chiara:"Boy, have I been delinquent!! 
(Trina sent this email in late June, 1999) I 
got married in 1997 to a great guy I met in 
NYC on a blind date. We are living in 
Connecticut, between Hartford and New 
Haven. After living in NYC for over a 
decade, life in the burbs is definitely calmer. 
I continue to work as a media consultant for 
companies but have done so for the past 
four years from a home-based office. I was 
disappointed to miss our GDA reunion, and 
I am really looking forward to attending our 
next big one! Please say hello to Alison, 
Martha, Erica, Paula Veale, Dave Schwartz, 
Jonathan, Karen Matzner, Jenny and Ann 
Rooney McSheal" Bob Low sent an email to 
everyone stating: "Hey '82ers. What's going 
down?" Ted Lamed: responded with an 
email to all: "Hey. Funny you should ask. 
This weekend I got MARRIED . . . believe 

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class notes 


to Susan Perry '81 for her contributions 
to the decision announced by Phillips 
Andover Academy trustees this fall to 
extend the benefit of dormitory housing 
to their gay, lesbian and bisexual faculty 
and their families. With this decision, 
Andover Academy publicly acclaims its 
efforts on respect and support for diversity 
and equity. The vote was held on the heels 
of recommendations in favor of the 
change from both the Deans' Council and 
a Faculty Working Group formed in 1995 
to study the issue. Head of School Barbara 
Chase explains, "This issue tests peoples' 
beliefs and convictions, but we truly 
believe it is the right thing to do not only 
for the faculty but for . . . every student at 
PA. It makes a statement about acceptance 
and about allowing people to be who they 
really are."The articles on this decision can 
be obtained from the school's website under the archives of 
the Phillipian. 

it or not. Her name is Terry Lehnen. She is 
from Grand Rapids and teaches eighth 
grade English. We got married outside at a 
park on Saturday. October 2. It was a beau- 
tiful fall day, with the trees in various stages 
of changing. The ceremony was under two 
huge oak trees right beside a river. I look 
forward to having everyone meet Terry at 
our next reunion!" Bill Hutchinson sent this 
email: "I am married with 2.2 kids, .08 dogs 
and a two-car garage that only seems to fit 
one car. Lisa (a University ofVirginia grad, if 
that means anything to people in New 
England!) and I have been married for six 
years this month (October, 1999) Our 
daughter, Emily (4) and son Joseph (2) and 
dog Chip (3-year-old mixed breed) consti- 
tute our nuclear family. We have been in 
Richmond for about two years. Wachovia 
(Financial Institution) moved us up after it 
acquired two smaller banks in the Virginia 
market. I am a corporate banker for 
Wachovia'a Richmond middle market terri- 
tory. Best wishes!" Hutch joins Martha 
Lawlor Krauch and Will Friend in the elite 
group of class of '82 members with 4 year 
old daughters named "Emily." Are there any 
more "parents of Emilies" out there? Scott 

Holloway is not a parent of an Emily, but IS 
a parent. His card reads: "Hi Nancy. Here's 
the news. Had a baby boy in August. Still 
living in Portsmouth. Still married. Jeff 
Leavitt is my parts manager at my dealership. 
Heard that Chris Swenson is moving to 
England. Our email address is robin-scott@ Take care!" Heather Vickers 
Ryan: had a second baby in late May, 
Katherine Jeanne Ryan. "Her older sister, 
Ashley (2) has not (so far) caused any per- 
manent damage with her sometimes overly 
enthusiastic affection. I am on maternity 
leave until September 15; it's nice to be 
home for a couple months with both kids 
but I am definitely looking forward to a 
break when I go back to work!." Andrew 
Page sent an email: "I have been a bit slow to 
join the internet community, but now look 
forward to hearing back from Hutch and 
whoever else is out there. [His email address 
is:] I have been in SF 
for six years (that went fast). I just moved to 
Berkeley, and am moving again tomorrow 
(dated 10/1 1/99) but will still have the same 
email, of course — that is the beauty of 
modern mobility. In terms of personal fife: 
I'm the Northern California Political 
Director of California Peace Action. We 
work to cut military spending, stop weapons 
sales to dictators, and abolish nuclear 
weapons. I'm finishing a CD that I have 
been working on for a year. It's rather 
eclectic in style, but holds together. Don't 
look for it in music shops, however, because 
I am self producing it. A pet project. I play 
pretty regularly in the city and enjoy it 
immensely. Ummmm . . . that's about all that 
comes to mind right now." Nancy Wickwire 
writes: "You all must tire of reading about 
me every time an issue of the Archon comes 
out. But since I am the secretary, I always 
hear from myself by the deadline. Not much 
new in my life. Layla turned one in 
September and just started walking at the 
end of October. Ed was a dinosaur for 
Halloween. Almost went to Boulder, CO for 
my husband's 10th reunion from our Law 
School, but Hurricane Floyd cancelled our 
flight. [##%&@*&#] Next year is my 10th. 
Barring other natural disasters, we will be 
attending. 2002 will be our GDA 20th.Yikes." 


Caroline S. Krause 

242 Locust Street 

Danvers, MA 01923 

(978) 777-2801 

GDAmail83 @aol. com 

Mary Adams Fessendon and her husband 
Mike announced the birth of their son Ian 
McClellan Fessenden on July 17, 1999. 


Cathy Scerbo 

360 High Street 

Hampton, NH 03842-2304 

(603) 926-4079 

There certainly are a few of Class of '84 
babies to report. The classmate who most 
recently joined the ranks of parenting is 
Charlotte Johnson Amarello. She and hus- 
band Matt welcomed Mayo Johnson 
Amarello on Saturday, October 2, 1999. 
Mayo weighed in at 7 lbs, 8 oz and is named 
after Charlotte's father. Charlotte writes, 
"We are truly delighted to have this new 
addition!" Congratulations Charlotte! Jim 
Donaldson and wife Susan welcomed their 
newest addition, Reese Elizabeth, in August. 
Reese joins older siblings Zachary (11) and 

Master Brewer 

Dara Shula Bryans '82 had a moment of 
fame last August when she was inter- 
viewed by John Koch in the Boston Globe 
Magazine. Head Brewer at Cambridge's 
Brew Moon Restaurant, Bryans believes 
she is one of only two female master 
brewers in the United States. She says, "It's 
a great profession. I love it so much, and 
I'd like to attract a lot more women into 
it. Where are all the women?" Bryans, who 
received her master's brewer certificate (a 
seven-year process) in Germany, attributes 
her original interest in Germany — and in 
beer — to her exchange year in Germany 
during high school. Her plans for the 
future? "I want to experiment with the 
different supplemental herbs people are 
doing, like an echinacea-golden seal beer 
for the winter." 

48 The Archon —Winter 2000 

Dane (8). Jim also reports that they are set- 
tling into their new home in Marion, MA 
and are busy refinishing the second floor. 
Congratulations on your newest addition 
and your new home, Jim! Kathie Lambert 
Watt and husband Gill have also welcomed 
their third child. Robert Buis Watt arrived 
on Sunday, September 26, 1999. Robert 
joins older siblings Natalie and Charles, who 
are delighted with their new brother. 
Congratulations Kathie and Gill! So glad to 
hear you are all doing so well! Dede Daley 
Warren writes that she and family have relo- 
cated to Manchester, MA. Dede writes, "It is 
great to be back home and catching up with 
old friends." Welcome back Dede! Elizabeth 
Williams has also relocated back to this 
area. She is now living in Newburyport 
with her husband and three boys. If you 
want to get in touch, email at ezwilliams@ Hope to see you soon, Liz! 
Roechelle Smith dropped me an email with 
the details on what she's been up to lately. 
She was home for the reunion/retirement 
weekend (so sorry we missed you!) and had 
fun catching up with Hank, Betsy, Stephen 
and Melissa! Her husband, Phillip Cannon, is 
a Senior Istructor for Oracle's Applications. 
Son, Julian, is four and "reminds me a lot of 
myself!" while daughter, Jada just turned one 
and is a daddy's girl. "She's running around 
the house and jabbering." Roechelle's chiro- 
practic practice is growing as she has now 
been on her own for over six months. "It's a 
lot of work, but helping people get better is 
so rewarding." Finally, my family is well. The 
boys continue to grow and amaze me. Sean 
is a marvelous reader and Drew, the athlete. 
Ryan is still keeping us guessing. At 15 
months, he is just starting to sit through the 
books and is using his first few words. Dan 
and I continue to keep busy with work. I 
recently became a project manager and am 
enjoying it immensely My Dad just retired 
and he and my mom are taking advantage of 
their new freedom. My best to all of you and 
your families. Keep in touch, Cathy. 

Nathalie E. Ames 

2337 N Commonwealth 

Avenue-Apartment IE 

Chicago, IL 606144 

(773) 883-1325 


to Chris Laganas '83 who successfully 
rescued 77-year-old Tacia Fissy from 
drowning at Hampton Beach, NH last 
June. Amidst the "record crowd on the 
beach," 16-year veteran lifeguard Laganas 
and colleague Alex Valhouli spotted Fissy 
floating face down, pulled her from the 
waters, and performed CPR to resuscitate 
the victim. 

15th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11, 2000 

Some of your classmates are lost! If you know the where- 
abouts of any of the following folks, please let Sandy 
Keyes know in the Development Office at skeyes@, or 978/499-3185. Steven D.Arata, Patrick A. 
Bennett, Alexa Berghager, Stevenson L. Bucknall, 
Thomas G. DiNanno, David S. Kagan, Serge B. 
Kasarda, Christian Moerk, Alexandra F. Osgood, 
Gregory T. Ramsby, Gregory C. Warden. 

David Starensier writes: "I've been living in 
Aspen for about 10 years now ever since 
graduation. Aspen's just what people think 
it's like: I have lunch with Goldie and Jack 
Nickolson about once a week, ski every day 
and dance all night with ski bunnies. 
Actually, I've never met either of them and I 
work sort of a lot. The company that I work 
for sells advertising in airports all over the 
country. I am in charge of Aspen and 
Denver's airports. I recently had my second 
kid, (girl, Zoe and a boy, Zack). My wife is 
an anesthetist at the Aspen hospital, which 
ironically is where we met when I had my 
shoulder reconstructed. Life's great out here. 
Great weather, I can walk to the gondola 
from my house and parenthood is a lot of 
fun. Anyway, I'm in the book if anyone is in 
Aspen. See you all at the reunion hopefully." 
Jon Shain just put out the new CD (Brand 
New Lifetime) and that if people want to 
order it or just get in touch with him they 
can go to Quinn 
Pollock writes: "Things are going well for 
me. This last March I married Noelle in 
Whistler, B.C. It was very small and beau- 
tiful!!! The skiing was wonderful. I've been 
sailing and racing J30 s all summer which 
keeps me very busy on the weekends. We 
recently sailed in the J30 North American 
championships. We didn't win, but we fin- 
ished better than we had hoped. Noelle and 
I really miss New England and come North 
whenever we can. We'd love to see anybody 
who visits Washington. Please let people 
know that they can email me at qpol- I look forward to seeing 
everybody at Reunion." Roslyn Pechet 
writes: "I am working hard as an interior 
designer. I am soon leaving FL for CA to 
start on a new house in Palm Springs and 

complete one in Del Mar. A one-week 
whirlwind. I just moved to West Palm Beach 
from Deerfield Beach and am living in a 
temporary location for six months until I 
find my next residence. I would love to get in 
contact with Steph Gardner, Paula Goldberg, 
Linda McCarthy, Jess Gould. Also, there is a 
great website for people to enter their cur- 
rent information in and can check for 
others. Maybe you could mention this?" Victoria de 
Lisle writes: "I am still enjoying myself in 
New Orleans. Summer is thankfully gone 
and my favorite time of the year has finally 
arrived. From Halloween until Mardi Gras is 
basically one big party! I do miss New 
England though and I am looking forward 
to coming back to visit next June for our 
15th (gulp!) reunion. It will be fun to see 
everyone and catch up with old friends. I 
hope there is a good turnout. See you 
soon!" Katrina Ramsey and her family have 
been busy. She writes, "We are all doing fine. 
Mitchell started all day kindergarten and is 
loving it. He has reached another mile- 
stone — his front bottom two teeth have 
come out and the grown-up teeth are 
making their appearance! Eleanor is doing 
fine. She's 3 1/2 and is so into fantasy play 
and is very theatrical. She loves dressing up, 
dancing and singing. Her favorite themes 
are princesses, of course, and I usually play 
the role of the prince! Steve has had a great 
summer. He spent most weekends sailing in 
Lake Champlain on the Cal 30 that he and 
his dad bought this spring. It was a great 
summer for sailing! I have been just fine as 
well. Work is going well. The cholesterol 
market is certainly challenging these days, so 
I'm kept pretty busy. I'm also teaching 
Mitchell's class once a month as a volunteer 
with a Vermont Institute of Natural Science 
program called Environmental Learning for 
the Future. I have also recently become a 
Leader with the La Leche League. I lead 
meetings and provide information to help 
mothers to breastfeed their babies. It is 
incredibly rewarding to help moms and 
babies to reap the many benefits that breast- 
feeding provides. So if anyone needs infor- 
mation or support with breastfeeding — look 
me up! I'm hoping to see Jon Shain at one 
of his gigs in Vermont this fall — thanks for 
sending along his email! Looking forward to 
seeing everyone at our 15-year reunion!" 
Anthony Fusco and his wife are very happy. 
They just had their third child, Olivia Anne 
Fusco. Congratulations!! Anthony is also 
helping with the Reunion plans for June. 
Chris Chance is back in Lebanon, NH, 

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working as a psychologist at a community 
mental health center. She is also consulting 
at Kimble Union Academy. She said she did 
not realize until the consulting that proc- 
toring at GDA was part of her professional 
training. Courtney Church Goldhwait is 
living in Charlestown, MA. Her two chil- 
dren, Clay (2 1/2-year-old boy) and Paget 
(eight-month-old girl) are doing well. She is 
working full time for a corporate special 
events company and loves it! She is still 
trying to get to sleep by 8:30 pm to stay 
rested. Esmee Huggard Williams writes: 
"Ken, Jonathan and I are doing great! John 
is now six months old (born 4-22-99) and is 
the joy of our lives. I started a new job with 
a internet start-up. It is a great opportunity 
and I'm really excited." Sean Mahoney is 
doing well. He has been quite active with 
climbing. Last year he climbed Mt. 
Kilimanjaro (19,340ft) in Tanzania. This 
summer he climbed Mt. Rainier (14,410ft), 
and possibly next February he might be 
heading down to Argentina to climb 
Aconcagua (22,835ft) to welcome the new 
millennium!" Michael Terrile got married to 
Heather GiArusso on July 10th. He says, 
"Jon Shain was my best man. Linda 
McCarthy, Rob Turner, Lisa and Jill Demeri, 
Ross and Dara Shain were all there. It was 
a great day! We are living in Derry, NH, 
teaching in Hampstead and enjoying life! I 
hope there is a great turn out for the 
reunion!!" Meredith Lazo McPherron is 
doing well and living in Wellesley, MA. She 
and her husband Matt have had a son, Max. 
She is working for an internet company and 
loving it! Dinah Daley loves living in 
Vermont. She has a new job with IBM. She 
travels all over the U.S., planning their spe- 
cial events — sounds like fun! She sees Becky 
Chase Werner and family often. William 
Enderby writes, "This comes to you from 
probably one of your more infrequent cor- 
respondents from England! I am always 
pleased to receive so much information and 
news of how GDA is faring, and from all 
that I hear, things are obviously going 
extremely well. The campus, from the pho- 
tographs I have seen, seems much changed 
since my year with you, all those winters 
ago. I remember my time at GDA fondly 
and still can picture myself eating ice-cream 

in the Bragdons' on a Saturday night. Sadly, 
I do not manage to keep in touch with my 
classmates now, though I did manage to see 
Ben Armstrong and his parents during one 
of their visits some years ago. I also corre- 
sponded with Beth Bertelsen until we all 
drifted apart during college years, etc. I am 
now married and have been for a little over 
a year. Her name is Emma Victoria Pertwee. 
(If Pertwee is at all familiar to any of you, 
she is a cousin of a sometime "Doctor 
Who"!? That's if you have ever heard of that 
BBC television program in the states!) We 
have recently moved out of London where 
we had both been living and working since 
finishing college. She went to Cambridge, 
and I settled, eventually, at Bristol 
University, which is where we now live. (For 
those of you who know the area at all, we 
are about 30 minutes drive from Bath.) I 
work in IT for Kaisha Technology Ltd, an 
OLAP (On Line Analytical Program) and 
Business Intelligence Consultancy based in a 
town located between London and Bristol, 
called Swindon. I was however, working in 
London for many years for a U.S. corpora- 
tion, Comshare, who are software vendors. I 
am the Sales and Marketing Manager for 
Kaisha and have been here for about eight 
months now and enjoying the challenge 
immensely. You may well ask, 'Why am I 
writing to you after so long?' I have just 
received a letter from Anthony Fusco who 
added a "post script" inquiring if all was well 
with me, so please be kind enough if you 
can, to pass on to him my best wishes and 
say, 'Yes-things are going well!' Also my 
address has changed and I enclose it here for 
your information and anyone else who 
might have use of it if they are travelling 
about in England and would like to look up 
an old Academy acquaintance. New address 
for all correspondence: 23 Calendonia Place, 
Clifton, Bristol BS8 4DL and email" James 
Andriotakis was married to Lisa Lynne 
Sarandopolis in Newburyport on November 
6, 1999. Meanwhile, I, Natalie, have been well. 
A special thanks to all of you who sent in 
your updates and emailed me your replys. 
Email is the best! Like many of you, I am 
looking forward to seeing everyone at the 
reunion in June! I hope you will all try to 

attend. I think many people are going to 
come back! I finally recovered from my 
broken leg. I couldn't drive for nine weeks! 
I still managed to sell seven houses with my 
cast on. Laura is doing great. She is 5 1/2 
going on 15. She loves kindergarten and all 
of her friends. The two of us are going on a 
fun trip for the New Year. On December 
8th we are flying to New Zealand and 
Australia for 21 days. We will be trekking, 
whale watching, visiting the jungle, snor- 
keling and diving on the Barrier Reef, and 
spending New Years Eve in Sydney. I can't 
wait! She is a great travel buddy and we are 
both looking forward to the trip. I hope 
everyone has a great holiday season and a 
Happy Year 2000! 


Jennifer Dupre 

312 Washington Street 

Wellesley Hills, MA 02481 

Jennifer Schaeffner Michael writes to inform 
the school that her father Michael Malamud 
P'81'86 passed away on August 18, 1999. 


Pamela L. Paradee 

169 Bellevue Street 

Winooski, VT 05404 

(802) 655-7618 


Anita Russo Bartschat reports: "I have been 
enjoying Utah with my two sons. 
Christopher turned three in May and 
Nicholas just turned one in October and is 
now a "new walker." We vacationed in 
Southern Utah to Zion National Park and 
Bryce Canyon and Lake Powell. Amazing! 
Ski season is just around the corner if 
anyone wants to visit look me up." Greetings 
sent from the west coast from Amy Mack. 
She's been working and traveling a bit for 
her company, Oracle Corporation, in San 
Francisco. She'll be back in the GDA area 
soon however for her brother Andy's wed- 
ding. Shanie Halpern writes from Boulder, 
CO. She's been quite busy (and I can 
imagine why ...) in her private practice of 
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with pregnant and postpartum women and 
as a birth assistant. Too bad you're so far 
away. She'll be returning to grad school for 
creative writing next fall. Some folks might 
be able to see Lyndsay Rowan this fall as she 
makes a visit from Jackson, WY to host an 
art show with her mom at GDA. She hopes 
to see many there. In the meantime, she is 
painting, playing hockey, and enjoying life. 
Chris McMorris has his hands and all spare 
time full with their new (June 10th) 
daughter, Julianna, and new house. He and 
Marianne are enjoying every minute of it. 
Back on the east coast, greetings came from 
Taylor Twining, where he and his wife 
Mollie and two-year-old daughter, 
Madeline, live in Rumson, NJ. He writes 
(sorry Taylor, I've got to quote you because 
I have no idea how to paraphrase what you 
do...) that he's been recently promoted to 
"V.P. of Investigations for an International 
Corporate Due Diligence Firm in NYC." 
Also from NJ writes Marc Dyer. He and his 
wife, Lisa, and one-year-old daughter, 
Katelyn, live in Plainfield. Marc recently 
made a job change into project management 
with an engineering firm to cut his com- 
mute from 1 1/2 hours to ten minutes. 
Funny how it all becomes more relevant 
when the children arrive, huh? Reach him 
at Tracy 
Bodge got to see Ross Shain,Jason Maloney, 
and Megan Murphy as they all were at Lisa 
Carrigg's wedding. "Beautiful, intimate, and 
radiant" sums up the day, Tracy felt. Reach 
Tracy at 404 W40th St. #4, NYC, NY 
10018. Anne Taylor Kindblom just made a 
job change as well, sort of. She recently gave 
up her admissions and coaching for full time 
mommyhood at their boarding school, 
Wilbraham and Monson Academy in MA. 
Their daughter, Emma, just turned one and 
Anne's doing sprints to keep up with her. 
Sounds like a great change! As for myself, 
I'm like Anne, sprinting to keep up with 
Tucker who'll be two in February. He's got 
two speeds, run and sleep, but always with a 
giggle and smile. He's a love. Troy, Tucker, 
and I are all excited for April when the next 
little Paradee will be making it's grand 
entrance. I'll take the remainder of the 
school year off and summer and return next 
fall to school, still part time. I've also recently 
enrolled in a master's program for reading at 
St. Mike's. Must have been sleep deprivation 
when I made that decision. Well, seven years 
is a long time to complete it. The snow is 
starting to fly already here inVT. I've put my 
board and skis away this season but Troy and 
even Tucker this year have theirs tuned. My 

snowshoes and x-countries are still readily 
available, though, if anyone finds themselves 
north. Our house is always open and we 
love company." Rob 
DeLena was married on August 6, 1999 to 
Mary Beth Madarasz. Rob writes, "Mary 
Beth and I attended Trinity College and 
Northeastern Law together and she works 
for Skadden, Arps in Boston." GDA atten- 
dees at the wedding were: Dave Bonenko, 
Greg Waldman, Kip Brown, Leslie Sevilla, 
Amy Goldstein, Bill Dumoulin, Kim 
Penachio '86, Melanie D'Orazio '86, and 
Derric Small '86. 

Class Secretary Needed 

Jordan Burgess is currently working for 
Fidelity Investments in Rhode Island. He is 
the Director of Sales for the Broker Dealer 
and International phone groups. He is 
preparing for his upcoming wedding next 
June. He is marrying Suzanne Hebel, who 
he met at Fidelity. He recently played golf 
with Jim Sullivan who is doing great!! 
Rebecca Angell DeWolfe is busy at home 
with her three children, Caitlin (4), Kelsey 
(2) and Christopher (10 months). Meganne 
Fabrega reports, "After a gray year in Seattle 
we decided to move back to New 
Hampshire. I'm working at an ad agency in 
Portsmouth, and get to see a lot of Heidi 
Danielson who by the time this goes to 
print will be Heidi Stevens. I'm hoping 
winters aren't as cold as they used to be. My 
new email is" 
Hugh Ogilvie says: "Since I last wrote, I have 
attended the European Champions League 
soccer final between Bayer Munich and 
Marchesse United (who I support). I have 
witnessed a total eclipse of the moon at 
Cornwall, have got engaged to my girlfriend 
of the last four years. Fleer and I have 
changed jobs. I now work on East London 
and am a duty lawyer at the police station 
and courts. Best wishes to everyone." Carrie 
Walton Penner has been enjoying life as a 
mother to her two-year-old son Kevin, and 
looks forward to the arrival of her second 
child in January. Jenny Reynolds writes, "Hi 
there! Doing music almost exclusively now, 
and spreading out geographically to NY, 
Philly and New Jersey. Plans for looking in 
San Francisco are in the works. My CD, 
"Colored in Poetry," continues to sell at an 
encouraging pace. It has been wonderful to 
see Reggie Edmonds, Jill Packard, Jodi 
Packard '90, Lindsay Packard '91, Jon 

The following GDA alumni /ae gathered for Mark 
Juba '88's wedding on May 22 at St. Blaise Church 
in Bellingham, MA: Reggie Edmunds '88, Boh Reed 
(former GDA teacher), best man Jon Morisseau '88 
(current GDA teacher), Stacy Drumtra Juba, Mark 
Juba, Shawn Gager '88, and David Adams '88. 

Morriseau and Kara '88 and Jason '89 
McLoy at shows and other occasions. Email 
me at My 
web site is at Thanks!" 
Lisa Sweeney Ryan is expecting her third 
daughter in mid October '99. John Sullivan 
reports: "My short film costarring Paul 
Wann has made it to five festivals including 
the Foyle Film Fest in Derry, Northern 
Ireland. Am currently working in the docu- 
mentary unit at ABC in NYC. Shout out to 
Kara MohebanT Reena Thomas says "Dilip 
(my husband) and I just got back from three 
months on our dream vacation (Thailand, 
Singapore, Nepal and India). Now real life 
settles in and we moved to Augusta, GA. Dil 
is head of the Neuro-Ophthalnology 
department here at the hospital. I'm still 
doing electrical engineering for a consultant 
firm and working onY2K issues for General 
Motors right now. Other than that not 
much else new. Life is good!" Martha Wise 
moved to California. She now lives at 7000 
ft. in the Central Sierra between Tahoe and 
Yosemite. The town is tiny, the job is great. 
She works for a full-service, year-round 
guide company, telemark skiing, rock 
climbing, mountaineering, etc. It is October 
and the snow is about to fall. Once it does, 
they have to take to skis to get in and out of 
their homes. There is a great ski area there 
and she encourages all to come play. She just 
ran into Stephen Kim via email. Mark Juba 
writes, "I got married! The wedding was 
May 22. My bride's name is Stacy Drumtra. 
We met when I worked at the Milford Daily 
News. She still works there but I have since 
moved on. More on that later. We had a 
wonderful time in Paris and London on our 
10-day honeymoon, then it was back to the 
real world, real fast. Married life has been 

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great, but nine days after the honeymoon 
ended, my professional life did a 180. The 
independent newspaper I was working at, 
the Shrewsbury Chronicle, was sold to 
Community Newspapers Company, owners 
of over 100 papers in Massachusetts. It was a 
crazy time for a while, but I eventually got 
promoted from assistant editor to editor. So, 
I can't complain too much. Hope everyone 
else is doing well." 


Kristin A. Brown 

15 Peabody Terrace, Apt. 21 

Cambridge, MA 02138 

(617) 864-1762 
Kristin_brown @pingree. org 

Greetings Class of '89! Thanks to so many of 
you who sent notes! It was great to hear 
from some of you have NEVER written 
before and some of you whom we have not 
heard from in many years. I am so happy to 
be able to share so much positive news with 
our class. Here it goes: John Wilson writes, 
"Without a doubt, Reunion '99 will be one 
of the highlights of the year for me. Kelly 
(my wife) and I used the weekend as part of 
a New England vacation that was a perfect 
way to start the summer. It was really 
impressive that so many classmates (and 
mosquitoes!!!) returned for the weekend 
and to celebrate the wonderful accomplish- 
ments of Peter and Dottie Bragdon. While I 
thoroughly enjoyed seeing old friends and 
attending the Bragdon celebration, it was 
Kelly who seemed to be having the best 
time. It took my wife's perspective to make 
me realize what a special and unique place 
that GDA has become since my departure. It 
was also a thrill to hear about the accom- 
plishments of our classmates in the 10 years 
since our graduation. Another highlight of 
our trip was seeing the Red Sox and Pedro 
Martinez beat the Twins at Fenway Park. We 
even ran into Derek VanVliet crossing the 
turnpike after the game. Only other news is 
that Kelly and I are buying a house. We are 
doing it in anticipation of the arrival of ... a 
dog. Kelly's really excited. I call it one costly 
canine." Adam Barton also writes that it was 
great to see everyone at Reunion. He goes 
on to say, "Since then, Amanda and I have 
adopted three wonderful little kids (aged 6, 

4, and 2). It has been a big change, but the 
kids are great and we are thoroughly 
enjoying being new parents." I imagine it 
has been a big change! Wow! Congratulations 
Adam, to your wife and your new family! 
Alison Williams wrote that she and her hus- 
band Greg had a good time at reunion 
catching up with old friends and meeting 
new ones. Alison took a summer class 
towards her master's degree in social work 
and she and Greg enjoyed their summer 
with family and friends. Victoria Resnick 
writes that she is sorry to have missed 
Reunion but she was a little busy — giving 
birth to Hanna Cecilia Resnick who was 
born on June 7. It was bad timing for 
reunion but excellent timing for everything 
else because Victoria's semester did not end 
until mid-May and her profs were worried 
she would go into labor in class (or worse 
while proctoring an exam). Victoria is in 
graduate school where she is ABD in 
American History from Indiana 
University — teaching four classes now and 
trying to write a dissertation. Congratulations, 
Victoria and good luck! Mariah Lilly was 
also very busy around reunion and had to 
miss it as well. She was also busy giving 
birth, this time to her second child (June 
13). Now Mariah and her husband Mike 
have a boy, Ben (2) and a girl, Josephine (Jo), 
5 months old. She says they couldn't be hap- 
pier! She hopes to catch up with everyone 
next year! Congratulations Mariah! Jen 
Ashare writes that she made it through her 
first year as an associate at Sinsheimer and 
Associates. She is still waiting for that jury 
trial but having fun in the meantime. She 
will start to take court appointed cases in the 
East Boston Court District, Criminal 
Division. Just to add to the case load, she is 
coaching the Charlestown PeeWee Girls 
Team this year (ice hockey). She writes that 
she is having a lot of fun with the girls. She 
sees Jess Clapp a lot and she had a nice 
dinner with Carrie O'Keefe and Alison 
Hyder. She also runs into Dan Nadean a lot 
around town (they live on the same street). 
Finally, Jen writes, "M/ Forrest, thanks for 
calling when you were in town over Labor 
Day. Unfortunately I was in NY! I am still 
trying to get around to returning the call to 
both you and Brendan." She invites people 

to email her at 
Speaking of Jessica Clapp, she writes "After 
living in New York City for five years, I 
recently moved back to this area. I'm 
working as an account manager at a public 
relations firm in Boston. I am also training 
for the marathon, working on a novel and 
was recently certified to be a personal 
trainer." Way to go Jess! Jess Cowles is still 
living in Maine and her husband, Bill, is 
home from sea (after about six months) Her 
baby was due on October 19 — so by now 
she probably has had it. Congratulations Jess! 
Jennifer Cowles has also been busy. She mar- 
ried Dave Snyder on July 10 and jetted off 
to the South Pacific for an incredible 10-day 
honeymoon. Congratulations Jenn! I was 
very excited to hear from Tom Plantel He 
writes "attended JJ Katz's wedding over 
Labor Day weekend and had a great time 
catching up with Lindsey Curley and Alison 
Hyder. All three are doing amazingly. Been 
speaking to Josh Solomon and Billy 
Batchelder '91 and they are the team to beat 
in my roto-football league, but I am sure 
that won't last. Josh is doing great with his 
job in Boston and is setded into the burbs 
with his wife Nancy and beautiful daughter 
Ellie and two dogs." Thanks for writing 
Tom. I was also very happy to hear from 
Christina Cox\ She is working at a 2D and 
3D animation studio in Santa Monica. She 
would love to hear from Carrie O 'Keefe and 
Heather Mosher. She can be reached at Thanks for writing 
Christina! Finally, Rick Fox writes "Jeez it 
has been a while since I last sent any news. 
I was sad to miss the 10th reunion, but being 
in Vladivostok (Russia) seems like a worthy 
excuse. Hope it was fun. Anyway, the first 
thing to mention is that I am getting mar- 
ried! Her name is Jennifer Daniels. We grew 
up a block away from each other in 
Reading, PA, met again in Russia where we 
lived together for four years, and now we are 
getting married in May 2000. Next thing is 
that I am no longer consigned to the wilds 
of Siberia. I'm instead navigating the jungle 
of New Haven, where I have started in my 
first year toward a master's in Forestry' at 
Yale's Forestry School. This may turn into a 
doctoral undertaking before I get out of 
here; I seem to have a way of getting caught 

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up in things for more than a year or two as 
originally planned (like the Russia bit 
before this). Someday I hope to manage a 
forest of my own somewhere in New 
England and also consult for the World Bank 
from time to time so I can tell them how to 
spend their money on forestry loans to 
Russia. If only they'll listen. That is about it, 
I can be reached at" 
Thanks Rick for the update. Cheryl Cutler 
just bought a house in Townsend. She is 
looking forward to a new addition to her 
family (a dog). Email is 
If anyone actually emails her please put your 
name as subject. As for me, I am settling into 
the life of a history teacher at Pingree. It is a 
lot of fun and I am enjoying Pingree but 
teaching is so much work! I live right on the 
beach on Plum Island and am very content. 
Thanks to all of you who wrote. Enjoy the 
upcoming holidays! 

Robin A. Remick 
1088 Park Avenue, Apt. &C 
New York, New York 10128 

(212) 831-4109 


Lori I. Weener 

33 1 Garden Street, #2 

Hoboken, NJ 01030 


10th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11, 2000 

Some of your classmates are lost! If you know the where- 
abouts of any of the folloiving folks, please let Sandy 
Keyes know in the Development Office at skeyes@, or 978/499-3185. Christopher P. Baldwin, 
Christine L. Dalton, Anthony E. Emerson, Eric A. Fox, 
Richard R. Habib, Charles E. Harris, Bryan P. Hinkley, 
Nicole C. Langley, Alexis M. Lester, Kristin K. Morgan, 
John F. Plaistedjack E. Thompson, Daniel Vinkovetsky, 
Alexa M. Wriggins. 

Hi everyone. It was so nice to hear from all 
of you and I thank you for writing in. Keep 
in mind that this June is our 10-year reunion 
and I am looking forward to seeing all of 
you and catching up this summer. I am still 
living in Hoboken, NJ and working in sales 
for a children's clothing manufacturer in 
New York City. Working in New York has 
been a great opportunity and allowed me to 
meet some interesting people. If anyone is 
ever in NY for business or pleasure please 
don't hesitate to look me up.Jon Bonnell has 
just graduated from the England Culinary 

Institute last year. He is currently working as 
a chef in Ft. Worth, Texas and has plans for 
starting his own restaurant sometime next 
year. Alyssa Huber has a wedding date for 
September 2000 with Jeff, her longtime 
boyfriend. Alyssa graduated from 
Northeastern law school and is awaiting her 
results from the bar exam. We all wish her 
the best of luck. She recently started a new 
job as associate counsel at EMC Corporation 
and is very happy. Dave Johnson is living in 
Cincinnati and working on his doctorate. 
He will be delivering a paper at a classical 
meeting sometime this fall based on his 
thesis. In his spare time he enjoys teaching, 
music and friends. Glenn Johnson is still in 
Amherst and seems to be very busy. He 
writes that he is co-counseling, writing, 
power walking, union organizing, cooking, 
facilitating diversity workshops, and in gen- 
eral just loving life. He welcomes everyone 
to get in touch with him at (iamhoney- Danielle Kealler is 
still working at Educational Travel in Boston 
and has been with the company for over five 
years. She gets the opportunity to travel all 
over and ventures to Europe once every 
couple of months. She also spent time in 
Australia and New Zealand. She has recently 
visited Jen and Andy Baird in Arizona and 
made a trip to New Orleans. Jocelyn Malik 
is living in Chicago and is working as an 
artist. She spent last summer volunteering in 
Kenya and still keeps in touch with Jodi 
Packard. Jocelyn is planning to move to 
Portland, OR to be with her boyfriend and 
complete her work on a master's in fine arts. 
Jada Olson is living in New Hampshire and 
is looking for a real job and gradually saving 
enough money to go to graduate school. 
Emily Pearl moved to Maine two years ago 
after she spent two years in Alaska. In Maine, 
she owns and operates an animal boarding 
kennel and grooming facility in North 
Yarmouth called Brickyard Kennels. In her 
spare time she enjoys training her three 
beautiful sled dogs and playing Frisbee with 
her two Border Collies. Congratulations to 
Brian Rodgers who got married this past 
Labor Day to his girlfriend from Cornell, 
Tasha. Brian is living in Washington, D.C. 
and working on his master's at Georgetown 
where he is the assistant coach for the 
lacrosse team. His wife is a practicing veteri- 
narian in Maryland. Liz Shea is working as 
the box office manager at the Lowell 
Memorial Auditorium. Her job coupled 
with all the homework that her first grade 
son, Andrew, is bringing home is keeping 
her occupied. Again thanks to everyone 

who updated all of us on what is new in 
your lives and I encourage the rest of you to 
take the opportunity in the next issue to also 
catch up. My best to all of you and your 
families for the holidays, Y2K and the New 
Year! Take care, Lori Weener. 


Nicole F. LaTour 

127 W. 56th Street 

New York, NY 10019 

(212) 957-1696 

Nicole. LA. 

Karen Queen is in her final year of law 
school at Northeastern and has accepted an 
offer at the Boston firm of Foley, Hoad and 
Eliot. While first year was so hard, she is now 
sad to end her tenure as a student. Kori 
Winter is in NYC working in finance for 
DKNY's in-house advertising agency. She 
gets a great discount on clothes (but her 
request list is full until next year, so you will 
have to nab her in January!) She has been in 
New York for two years and thinks she 
might be done, (It has a way of sucking you 
in Kori — just you wait), but she is looking 
to move and attend grad school next fall, 
possibly an MBA in marketing. Caren Lee is 
living in Fredericksburg, VA, with her 
boyfriend Travis, where she bought a house 
in 1998. She works for Education Credit 
Services as a loan service in their Default 
Prevention Department. (Any of you with 
outstanding student loans, look out!) She is 
now in charge of the division of student 
loans after only six months. Regan Jones is 
living in Acton, and working at a collabora- 
tive school as a behavioral therapist where 
she works primarily with autistic children. 
She loves her job and feels as though she has 
finally found her niche. She plans to attend 
grad school next fall for a master's in 
teaching severe special needs. Toby Levine is 
having a fun time in Boston and sees Karen 
Queen quite a bit. She was recently at Jen 
Jasse's bridal shower and also was able to 
catch up with Leah Colangelo too. Brienne 
Bourne wrote me and I am happy to report 
that she is back in Boston working at the 
bakery where she was working before her 
accident. She is thrilled to be back in Boston 
and seems very happy. Pete Jacobs is still 
loving San Francisco and working at an ad 
agency there. Last winter he went back- 
packing in Cuba for two weeks and had an 
amazing time. Lots of adventures he had — 
something about ending up on the front 
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40th anniversary of the revolution there. 
Only you, Peter. But he loved it so much he 
plans on going back next year and highly 
recommends it to anybody else considering 
it. I also see Catherine Tuthill who is still 
loving her job and spent a lot of time in 
Boston this summer seeing Billy Batchelder 
who is working for EMC and now is based 
out of Boston. Alexis Colby is also still 
working at Christie's Auction House here in 
New York, but this summer she and her 
fiance, Tim, bought a house in Stamford, 
CT. Everyone is migrating to the 'burbs — it 
is scaring me. I know there must be a lot 
going on out there, I just don't know about 
it and I can't tell you about it if you don't 
help me.... so drop me a line and let me 
know what's going on... inquiring minds 
want to know! Things in NYC have been a 
bit hectic for me lately I left my job at 
Miramax Films after three years and decided 
to change gears and pursue a degree in 
Interior Design. I am now a full time stu- 
dent at Parsons School of Design here in 
NY and have quickly realized how much I 
am undertaking. I am thinking of starting an 
incentive program in order to garner greater 
response for this column. I am not sure what 
the prizes will be just yet, however. Dave 
Corbett is already in the Gold category... why? 
Dave received my little reminder letter and 
decided to give me a call and tell me what's 
going on with him. Now Dave did go 
beyond the call of duty by calling but he will 
be rewarded for his participation. Dave and 
his girlfriend were getting organized to 
move out to LA from Chicago. Dave has 
accepted a new job with the GO network 
working on their internet site. He is excited 
about the opportunity but a bit apprehen- 
sive about the move to the city of angels. He 
sees Brian Novelline all the time and Brian 
is now a student in Chicago getting his 
master's from Kellogg Business School at 
Northwestern. Now all you have to do is tell 
me what's been going on with you and you 
too could reach Gold category status 


Joshua C Lappin 

36 Abbott Street #1B 

Worcester, MA 01602 

(508) 752-6898 

jlappin@banaofi.pvt. us 

The Archon is published three times 

yearly. Deadline for news is March 15. 

Send class notes to, tel. 

978/499-3185, or fax' 978/462- 13 19. 

Well, another fall has come and gone, and 
keeping with that theme, many of our class- 
mates continue to come and go from one 
location to another. Pete Mooney has left the 
sunny beaches of southern California to 
study education at Trinity College in 
Dublin, Ireland. Pete already has a master's in 
professional writing from USC. Sally 
Simpkins has finally returned home! After a 
seven-year hiatus in St. Louis, Sally moved 
back to Boston this fall and is working at a 
biotech company in Cambridge. Hoyt 
Morgan is in San Francisco working at You can get in touch with 
him, and learn more about the company by 
visiting the site or writing to hmorgan@ Chris Peabody spent some 
time traveling this summer. Chris writes. 
"Spent a weekend with Tyler Mahue and 
Nick LaPierre in the Adirondacks. Also been 
going to North Hampton to surf with the 
boys." Chris is in the process of applying to 
law school. Every now and again Chris sees 
Jon Kazanjian outside his office building 
slurry walls for the Big Dig. (Try and keep 
the noise down, will you Jon?) Amy Nicolo 
finished law school this year and spent the 
entire summer studying for the bar exam. 
However. Amy was lucky enough to get 
away to see Allison Burnim get married (not 
to Bernie Gartland). Ian Jones, Cara 
Fineman, and Amy all went to see Jackie 
Hogan in Baltimore. Up in Freemont, Justin 
Philbrick is busy adding an assisted living 
division to the nursing home. Justin is taking 
classes part time at UNH to receive his New 
Hampshire's Nursing Home Administrator's 
License. Carolyn McGinnis writes, "I was 
married in July on Cape Cod. We honey- 
mooned in Bermuda; it was wonderful. We 
are living in New York on the Upper East 
Side. I am busy with work. I manage 
Community Relations for the New York 
Metropolitan area for Pricewaterhouse 
Coopers. Pant Kurtz was in my wedding 
and Erin Ehvell and Grace Jeanes also 
attended. I see Dana Pascucci fairlv often; he 

fives with my husband's best friend." Also in 
New York on a frequent basis is Tim Getto 
who is still casting bronze in PA and 
exploring the sexual underbelly of 
Manhattan in his spare time with Miles 
vanRenselear and Trip Hosmer. Danielle 
Dupre will be getting married in March of 
2001, as she is living in Austin, TX, and is in 
the middle of building a house with her 
fiancee. At the moment, Danielle is finishing 
her master's degree in Elementary Education. 
Danielle is looking forward to being a lit- 
erary specialist at an elementary school near 
her new home. On a similar note, Nicole 
Bellaire Downer is celebrating her first 
anniversary, and also her new job teaching 
English at Pentuket High School. Nicole 
says that the kids, faculty and staff are all 
great and supportive, but most importantly, 
it's nice to have a paycheck once again. 
Again, keeping with this recurring theme, 
Patrick Gervais writes, "Yes, I am now mar- 
ried! Martin Laperriere. Chris Rodes and 
Todd Spain were there. It was a great party. 
By the way, my publicity agency has started 
to work with different companies in the 
states like Peterbuilt. Isuzu, General Motors 
and Alliance Forest Products. So I am 
inviting everyone who is working in mar- 
keting or have any decisional jobs to give 
me a call to find out about all our services. 
Our quality of work is exceptional and we 
are 40 percent cheaper because of the 
exchange! Jenn Noon is still working as an 
editor for Educators Publishing Service in 
Cambridge, and still living in Somerville, 
the Paris of the 90s. Jenn's brother, Mike 
Noon '95 just moved to NYC to be an 
actor/bartender, so she's feeling pretty 
inspired nowadays. But for now, it's still the 
same old free-form Gen X lifestyle. Jenn 
would love to hear from GDA folks. Her e- 
mail is Grace Jeanes 
left Harvard Business School at the end of 
August and is now working in the 
Alumni/ae & Development office at the 
Groton School, managing their database. 
Grace says that they are in the midst of a 
capital campaign, so it's been pretty busy. Jed 
Murdoch is in Botswana in the bush, 2 1/2 
hours from civilization and has no way to 
communicate very often these days! He is 
researching the Wild Dogs of Africa, and has 

54 The Archon —Winter 2000 

been in the research camp, alone except for 
a hired man, for a year now. He is contin- 
uing the study forTico McNutt, a biologist 
who has been living in Botswana for the last 
10 years. The Wild Dogs were featured on 
the cover in last May's National Geographic. 
Right now it looks as though he will be 
staying in Botswana and continuing the dog 
research through next year, possibly towards 
that goal. He has become a jack of all trades, 
as survival depends upon it, including a 
pilot's license to fly the camp's Ultralight 
when he isn't bushwhacking through the 
bush in one of the LandRovers, tracking 
down the dogs. He also acts as ambassador of 
the study when occasional filmmakers come 
to camp to film documentaries, or donors 
arrive to inspect their investment. His 
address there is: Jed Murdoch, Wild Dog 
Project, Private Bag #13, Maun, Botswana. 
As far as my recent lifestyle status goes, I 
now live in Worcester (the "Heart of the 
Commonwealth," I'll have you know!). I 
have ongoing discussions with my clients 
about pressing issues like throwing pencils 
and not having a calculator. I've picked up a 
new summertime career as a trolley driver 
for Minuteman Tours of Boston and 
Cambridge (the blue trolley), and I'm now 
the student council advisor for the middle 
school which I find ironic seeing as how I 
ran for student council EVERY YEAR 
when I was in middle school and never came 
close to winning. The usual. Ciao for now. 


Nancy Stevenson 

21 Old Farm Way 

Newbury,MA 01951 

(978) 462-5474 

I have to start these notes by saying how 
excited I was by the response. Granted, I 
heckled many of you via email but the mes- 
sages and letters I received were well worth 
the effort! I sent out an email to those of 
you who had notified GDA of your internet 
addresses but I would greatly appreciate it if 
more of you could drop me a quick note 
( or let Sandy 
Keyes ( know where you 
can be reached. Any non-email users 
shouldn't worry, we will still be sending out 
the traditional snail mail requests. So, to get 
to the news and gossip of our class: I can't go 
one day without seeing Andrea Manning — 
probably because we work together as 
recruiters for a company in Portsmouth, 

NH. In turn, I spend a lot of time outside of 
work with Andrea and Jenn Saunders (inci- 
dentally, Jenn and Andrea are roommates) 
including a recent Volunteers Weekend at 
GDA where we got to see Josh Lappin '92, 
Justin Rivera '94, and Matt Prunier '94. As 
the weather is sure to turn cold soon, those 
of us in Portsmouth have found ways to 
escape for short periods of time. I just 
returned from a week in Los Cabos, Mexico 
just in time to hear all about Andrea's trip to 
Ireland. Andrea and Anne Savage went on a 
driving tour of Ireland for a week during 
October. Andrea didn't master the art of dri- 
ving on the "wrong" side of the street so 
Anne took control and Andrea was the nav- 
igator. Aside from the treacherous roads and 
the bland cuisine, they had a great time (I 
think the Guinness had something to do 
with it.). Jenn recently went to Chicago for 
a weekend to visit Use Ahusamra on one of 
her whirlwind school visits as an Admissions 
Counselor forVassar College. People in the 
Midwest have come to expect frequent visits 
from Use as she likes to catch up with friends 
each time she goes. One of those people, 
and might I add someone who has been 
missing from the GDA grapevine for some 
time, is Archie Seale. Archie is living in 
Madison, WI and loving it. After this trip, 
Jenn returned to her job in Portsmouth just 
as Andrea and I did. Anne returned to the 
DC area where she is working for the 
Department of Justice and currently starting 
to work on her applications for Law 
Schools. Use is back in the Boston area (still 
on her school tour forVassar) but might be 
coming back for good in the future. She isn't 
certain but is considering applying to grad 
school around here. Just finishing up his 
MFA from Columbia University is Glenn 
Gardner. Glenn is now in Norway working 
on a television project about the Norse 
Gods. Apparently, Glenn isn't alone in his 
artistic success: Kristen Hand just completed 
her first commission, an abstract painting for 
an interior designer she works with at 
Gensler. She also designed a mural for a 
Chinatown (NY) elementary school. She 
gave art direction for the mural's produc- 
tion, painting and installation. Lending a 
helping hand was Derek Ambrosi who 
helped sketch and install the 4' x 15' mural! 
In their spare time (ha!) they have partici- 
pated in a "Making Strides Against Breast 
Cancer" walk and will attend the "Meet the 
Doggetts" event in NY in November. You 
would think these two would have their 
schedules full already BUT... Kristen can 
be seen staged as the "receptionist" on a 

photo documentary about Gensler Group 
Interior Design in Interior Design Magazine 
(September issue). Derek, while working as 
a commercial editor in NY, is also working 
on film scripts. His first film, which he also 
stars in, should be in the NYU festival this 
year. And you may have caught a glimpse of 
him in that small Kevin Costner movie, "For 
the Love of the Game" where he was an 
extra. If not, check out the recently released 
"Music of My Heart" with Meryl Streep or 
the TV movie "Aftershock" in which he 
plays a soldier. Apparently you might need a 
magnifying glass to see him, but he assures 
me he is there somewhere! Oh, and did I 
mention Kristen and Derek were recently 
engaged?? Congratulations!! I want to also 
congratulate Rob Kealler on his recent 
engagement. Seems as though we are cer- 
tainly reaching that point when I will have 
at least one of these notices each time the 
Archon is issued! To get back to the movies, 
Martin Laperriere wishes to pass along a 
message to Michael Nadeau; he recently 
went through some old videotapes and 
found some revealing dorm movies shot in 
Eames a few years ago (something about a 
Madonna Impression). The message goes: "If 
I do not get a large sum of money soon, I 
will email the clip to everyone in the class." 
He is looking forward to showing everyone 
at the next reunion anyhow. While not 
threatening other members of the class, 
Martin is the Head Hockey Coach of a 
midget AAA team in Montreal. He finished 
up school last spring and says he got to see 
Chris Rhodes '92 and Todd Spain '92 at the 
wedding of Patrick Gervais '92 this summer. 
Saundra Watson has moved home with her 
grandparents to save money and get away 
from her wacky roommate/friends. She is 
still working as a Residential Supervisor at 
the Walker Home and School in Needham, 
MA and loves it. She is sad to have lost 
touch with so many people and wants to 
hear from you: 30 Esmond Street. 
Dorchester, MA 02121. (617) 288-2642. 
Lissa Murnane wishes to tell everyone she is 
doing well and has nothing new to report. 
She wants to say, "hi" and hopes everyone is 
doing well. Nellie Godfrey is living in 
Magnolia, MA along with her sister and 
working in Boston doing research. Use 
recently met up with her for a night out in 
Boston and I spoke with her briefly earlier 
this year at the Grog where she was visiting 
with Nicole Simkins and Betsy Lee. Jill 
Hindle is living in the East Village, NYC, 
working as an editorial assistant for an inde- 
pendent outdoor adventure press (book 

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Dan Vermeersch '94 "doing stuff" 
for his design class. 

publisher) in Chelsea, called the Lyons Press. 
She is thinking about going for a degree in 
Environmental Journalism and looking to 
next summer, hopes to complete a thru-hike 
of the Pacific Northwest Trail. She is 
enjoying the "madness" of NYC along with 
Cara Marcous and is celebrating the recent 
engagement of her cous,in,Janna Panall '96. 
Last but not least, my more intriguing entry 
this time: Beau Guyott writes, "After my 
release from Corcoran State Penitentiary, 
where I was Robert Downey Jr.'s cellmate, 
the FOX Broadcasting Company came 
calling. My latest project involved persuading 
the top brass to turn TITANTIC into a 
sitcom. We're going to sink the ship in a dif- 
ferent port each week. It's similar to 'The Love 
Boat' yet much more exciting. Interested 
investors and old friends should email me at:" Well, how do I close after 
a statement like that?? Until next time. 


Kristen L. Marvin 

7440 North Sepulveda Blvd. #330 

Van Nuys, CA 91405 

(818) 901-8994 

joelkris@earthlink. net 

It seems like the Class of 1994 is spread all 
around the world and is doing some pretty 
amazing things. Melissa King is living in San 
Salvador, El Salvador working at the 
American School teaching biology. She is 
really enjoying the amazing weather and 
beautiful scenery down there. The school 

she teaches at is actually at the base of a vol- 
cano. She plans on staying there for two 
years, but will be home for Christmas. Her 
email is Dan 
Vermeersch graduated this past spring with a 
degree in graphic design and is currently 
freelancing around home. He ran into John 
Markos at Sunday River when he was com- 
peting in a skiing competition. Dan's email 
is Kurt Danielson 
just spent the last winter in Colorado 
working as an instructor at a ski school. 
Now he is working at Great Basin National 
Park in Nevada as an interpretive ranger. He 
gets to take people on hikes through caves, 
to see Bristlecone Pine Trees (3,500-4,000 
year-old trees) and to see a glacier. Chris 
Rice is taking time off enjoying his new 
home in Boulder, CO. He is working part- 
time as a technical consultant. He is eagerly 
anticipating the ski season. Josh Manring is 
selling real estate and is a tennis pro at 
Registry Resort in Naples, FL. Kevin 
Tangney graduated from Vanderbilt with a 
BS in Engineering Science. He now works 
forWahlstrom & Company as a web devel- 
oper. His email is 
Suzanne Armato is getting married on June 
24, 2000. Although they currently live in 
Texas, the wedding will take place in 
Chicago. Lisa Masinter is going to medical 
school at Emory University in Atlanta. She 
is living with Kate Savage. Gerald Kean just 
graduated from RPI with his MBA. He's 
working for Anderson Consulting in 
Manhattan and is living in Hoboken, NJ. 
His phone and email are 201.659.7820; Matt Prunier and 
Nicole Abdulla were married on November 
20 in the GDA chapel. Justin Rivera was an 
usher and Catherine Perry did a reading. 
Matt is now working in the Development 
Office at GDA and Nicole is a consultant for 
Keane Inc. Matt's email address is mprunier@ I am still living in Los Angeles (for 
over a year now) and work for "The Drew 
Carey Show" and "Norm." Hope everyone is 
doing well. Until next time. 


Laura Beth Barnes 

4518 West Linda Lane 

Chandler, AZ 85226 

(602) 940-1740 

5th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11, 2000 

Some of your classmates are lost! If you know the where- 
abouts of any of the following folks, please let Sandy 
Keyes know in the Development Office at skeyes@, or 978/499-3185. HumarA. Bowo, Hong G. 
Cho, Mark C. Graves, Katsutaka IshidaJaredA. Metz, 
Bradford S. Miller, Rhienna Mullarkey, Stacy C. Piketz. 

Our class is extremely busy! Sung An writes, 
"I'm currently in New York City, working as 
an investment banking analyst at Lehman 
Brothers, struggling through 90-hour work 
weeks. I have put my medical goals on the 
back burner and have brought business to the 
forefront. Things are well and I have found 
some free time to enjoy the city life." Ed 
Guzman writes, "Things are going great! 
After a summer sweltering in St. Louis 
working for The Sporting News, I have setded 
in Portland, OR to work as a sports reporter 
at The Oregonian, 'the Northwest's largest 
paper!'" Casey Barbaro writes, "I have grad- 
uated from Quinnipiac College with a bach- 
elor's degree in health administration. I 
wanted to take some time for myself so I 
spent my last summer working at Hodgies 
Too Ice Cream and I bought a new car. 
Recently, I got a full time job in Andover as 
marketing coordinator at an assisted living 
community, which I love." Todd Robbins 
writes, "I am working as an agricultural tech- 
nician with the U.S. Peace Corps in 
Guatemala. Other volunteers from across the 
United States welcome the challenge that this 

Have you seen GDA on the web? 



To Martha Mercer '95 for receiving a C. L. 
Burton Scholarship from the Scholarship 
Committee of University College in 
recognition of her excellent academic per- 
formance in modern languages. Martha 
graduated from the University of Toronto 
last June with distinction in Russian and 
East European studies. 

56 The Archon —Winter 2000 

job brings to us, and in this country, as in 
many others, we all agree with the peace 
corps slogan: 'It's the toughest job you'll ever 
love.'" Todd is asking for mail to entertain 
him so please write to: Todd Robbins, PCT, 
A/C World Learmng, Apartado Postal #416, 
Antigua, Guatemala, Sacatepequez, Guatemala, 
Central America. He had a bit of an adven- 
ture before leaving for the Peace Corps — 
Chris Terry mentioned something about 
erratic driving one afternoon. Chris Terry 
writes, "Everyone remember to pay your 
taxes on time. I saw Deb Barry in a conve- 
nience store in Boston and I am still working 

at Post Office Square in Boston." Arnaud 
Lessard writes, "I'm finishing my bachelor's 
degree in International Hotel Management 
in Nimes, France." Tim Gould writes, 
"School is good. I am graduating in 
December, just a little bit late because of 
transferring! After graduation I have no idea 
what I am going to do. Just have fun, I 
guess?!" Don't worry Tim, I'm sure that you 
are not the only one who has no idea what 
their next step in life is going to take them. 
Life's an adventure for all of us, but remember 
what Mr. Stowens' and Mr. Bragdon's Nature 
Book taught us: always take the time to 

notice the beautiful things in life that are 
going on around you. Smell the roses! (Yes! 
Believe it or not there was a purpose to the 
Nature Book at morning meetings.). As for 
myself, I have put law school on the back 
burner and have traveled to New Zealand 
and Australia about six times in the last five 
months. Now, though, my parents are asking 
me to start a career, but like Tim I have no 
idea what I am going to do or where I should 
even go. For now I am still located in 
Arizona. Everyone should keep in mind that 
our five-year Reunion is coming up in June 
and would like to see all of you there! 

Gretcheu graduated from Bowdoin College in 1 999 
and has returned to GDA this year as history teacher, 
dean of students' office assistant, and coach. 

In college, none of my friends knew 
what they wanted to do with their lives. They 
were always shocked that I did, and even 
more shocked that not only did my plans 
never change, right after graduation I did 
exactly what I always said I wanted to do: I 
returned to my high school to teach and 

I have always dreamt about being a 
teacher and coach — no doubt a reflection on 
the teachers and coaches I have had here at 
GDA. The members of the GDA community 
have had an immeasurable impact on my life, 
beginning with Mike Moonves who was 
responsible for bringing me to GDA in the 
first place. He has been my teacher and coach 
every step since that first visit to the Academy, 
constantly pushing me to give my best in 
every aspect of my life, from the classroom to 
the playing field, from a player to a coach. 

I also think of our director of athletics, 
Roberta McLain, who wasn't even at GDA 
during my time as a student, but who 
coached me as a player on the New England 
girls' lacrosse team my senior year. I can still 
remember Bert complimenting me on my 
play. It made me so proud knowing that she 
believed in me. Nothing has changed. I know 
I am here today because of her and because 
she still believes in me. 

Another strong influence on me has 
been my calculus teacher, David Gosse. As 
much as I loved having him as a teacher, it 
was not until after GDA that I realized how 


by Gretchen Scharfe'95 

truly special he is. He was so proud when I 
decided to attend Bowdoin, his own alma 
mater — so proud, in fact, that every 
Homecoming he came and watched me play 
field hockey. It meant the world to me. That 
is the greatest power of teachers; even the 
smallest gesture can mean the world to a stu- 

These are just three of the many indi- 
viduals who have an impact on my life. These 
three people are characteristic of the individ- 
uals who make up the GDA community and 
who touch students' fives each and every day, 
before they even become students and well 
after they have graduated 

I get asked all the time, "What is it like 
to be back at GDA?" Sometimes, it feels as 
though nothing has changed. As we sat in the 
Murphy Seminar Room on the first day of 
new faculty orientation and Bill Quigley was 
addressing the group, I felt as though I was in 
U.S. History again. Afterwards, Bill asked me 
how it felt. "Serious deja-vu." I got the feeling 
he felt the same way. 

But of course, things have changed: new 
faces, new buildings, new places for old build- 
ings, and a new schedule. Yet, the hardest 
change for me has been to call my former 
teachers by their first names. Not only that, 
but now I am called by my formal name! 

Still, the best part of being an alumna at 
my high school is being able to relate to my 
students. I love when students come by and 
chat with me. Often we compare my experi- 
ence at the Academy with theirs. There is 
something so wonderful about the look on a 
student's face when they have come to tell 
me about a poor grade they got on a chem- 

istry lab and I tell them of the time that Dr. 
Bradley gave me a negative five on a lab. They 
laugh. I tell them not to worry, he let me re- 
write it and I was able to pull my grade up to 
a zero. The moral of the story is that I ended 
up okay. So I don't teach science, and Dr. 
Bradley will agree that is a good thing, but I 
am teaching history and loving every minute. 

Ironically, my senior year at the 
Academy, I was injured and couldn't play in 
one of my field hockey games. Instead I stood 
on the sidelines with my coach and long- 
time hero, Ceci Enge. After the game, Ceci 
went to talk to her parents. They asked who 
her new assistant was. "That's not my assis- 
tant," she explained; "that's Gretchen!" I think 
that maybe that incident was what put the 
seed in my head that I didn't just want to be 
a coach, I was destined to be one.This fall, my 
dream came true and with every goal we 
scored, with every smile from one of my 
players, with every pat on the back from their 
parents, it sure felt like fate. 

So how is it going? Every day, my new 
life gets a little easier. I am finally getting in to 
the routine, calling my teachers by their first 
names, making that transition to the "other 
side" and I love it. Not only am I sure that this 
is what I want to be doing, every day I am 
more proud to have been a student here. 
GDA is very fortunate. We are blessed with so 
much, and it is the faculty who make this 
place great. A faculty who taught me so much 
as a student, who inspired me to become a 
teacher, and who now are a constant 
reminder of why I have chosen this profes- 
sion. They continue to teach me more and 
more every day. 

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lass notes 



Jeffrey R. LaBelle 

59 Rhode Island Avenue 

Manchester, NH 03104 

(603) 668-5906 

Janna Panall 

490 Main Street 

Amesbury, MA 01913 

(978) 388-7098 

jpanall@lasell. edu 

Jessie M. Gannett 

KSC MS 7800 

229 Main Street 

Keene, NH 03435 

(603) 358-7937 

jmg2 @keene. edu 

Brian Marvin 

2B Washington Road 

Atkinson, NH 03811 


Rachel Lipman 

Kenyon College 

P.O. Box 1499 

Gambler, OH 43022 

Elizabeth Erickson 

PO Box 1499 

Gambler, OH 43022 

Jacob Chase 

Macalester College 

1600 Grand Avenue 

Saint Paul, MN 55105-1899 

Jchase@macalester. edu 

Elizabeth Erickson writes, "Hello all! I just 
had the best summer of my life! I spent it on 
Star Island (as I did last summer) and I had 
the best job as conference services on the 
island (super caterer and AV person). I am 
still at Kenyon with a European History 
major and Baroque Art History minor. I am 
looking forward to an externship at the 
Library of Congress in January. Out in Ohio 
with me is Jackie Downing who is still at 
Oberlin. She is 'designing an independent 


major in Environmental Human Rights.' 
Look for her at, the home 
page of the Ruckus Society which she 
worked at this summer. She lived in and also 
worked at a housing co-op in Madison, WI. 
She is busy right now, organizing a group of 
students to go to Georgia where they will 
protest the US Army School of the 
Americas, which is under fire right now for 
immense Human Rights abuses. Jacob 
Chase was working at the Volvo dealership 
again (not surprising?) this summer. He also 
went camping in Maine, went white water 
rafting, and took a night course. He looks 
forward to studying in Spain in January. I 
was very surprised this summer when I ran 
into Justin Gitlin in Portsmouth, NH. He is 
skateboarding again after a five-month leg 
injury. He fives in a "nice house with three 
other roommates" which has a functioning 
slush puppy machine!! He is majoring in 
computer science and graphic design and 
says it "is coming along well." He says, 
"Sophomore year is very cool." I agree. With 
a blast from the past I heard from Jon Collins 
who is "proud to tell everyone" that he has 
not been kicked out of anymore schools! He 
is at University of Pudget Sound inTacoma, 
WA. Email this missing boy at JsCollins@ Eric Blair has transferred to RPI 
and likes it better than Miami. He sees 
Richard Stoddard '97 occasionally and lives 
on the same floor as Naveen Ayyagari, so he 
sees him "most days." Jill Welenc is still at 
Bates. She worked as a cocktail waitress on 
the cape all summer and she is sad that she 
did not get to see anyone. A bonus though: 
she served Jerry Springer! She sees Adelle 
Lilly around campus all the time. She is still 
dancing and taking art classes which makes 
sense because she has a possible math/art 
major. I see Jessica Savage all the time in the 
airport because Kenyon and Dennison 
(rivals!) have the same schedule. Jessica has 
moved to Maine and out of Ipswich. She 
was a nanny again up there for the same 
family as last summer. "Dennison is going 
well," and she sees Kate Hecht who too 
seems well. It seems that we will be seeing 
Mike Meagher in the Majors sometime 
soon, by the way he has been playing at 
Harvard! Last spring, he started for lacrosse 
as a freshman, winning New England 

Rookie of the year: All-Ivy, All New 
England. This year, he is starting on the 
Harvard soccer team and was a major part of 
the team's success, starting 15 of the 
Crimson's 17 games. He also played on the 
all-tournament team at the Stanford/Nike 
Invitational. He has declared an economics 
major. Adam Berman is at Brandeis with an 
Economics major. He is in the fraternity 
Alpha Sigma Pi. Hilary St. Jean has also 
joined the Greek system and says she is in 
the "best sorority at Colgate!" Andy 
Ramirez, still at Williams is, sadly, injured. 
Shane O'Neil has transferred to Bowdoin 
now and is very busy with basketball there. 
This summer, he went to Ireland, and he is 
hoping to go either there or Australia with 
an abroad program. Kasia Newman is 
studying English and French Studies at 
Wesleyan, hoping to go to France next year. 
She has immersed herself in the drama pro- 
gram, currently "thrilled" to be assisting the 
director in the faculty production. It is a 
French farce, "Take Her; She's Yours." Make 
sure to visit Kevin McDormand's cool web- 
site. Email him at 
for the site. Kate Katzenberg could not stop 
talking about how great a time she is having 
at Connecticut College! She sees lots of 
people (i.e. Rashean Kalokah and Tim 


... to harrier Claire Shearman '98 for her 
contributions to the successful Providence 
College Cross Country team this fall. 
Among other honors, the Providence 
team captured its fourth consecutive and 
ninth overall New England Title in 
Boston in October. Shearman finished 
15th in the Big East Championship meet, 
helping to carry the team towards its 
overall second place finish. In November, 
the team went on win its second consec- 
utive NCAA Northeast Regional 
Championship, where Shearman finished 
third out of more than 160 runners. 
. . . and to Mike Meagher '98 for his work 
as goalkeeper of the 1999 Harvard men's 
soccer team. He started 15 of the team's 17 
games, with a 5-7-2 personal record and a 
1.87 goals-against average. The Harvard 
team's final record for 1999 was 6-9-2 
overall and 3-4-0 in the Ivy League. 

58 The Archon —Winter 2000 

Flaherty). She visits Brooke Peltzman at 
Trinity and mentioned that Mary Viera was 
happy at Brown and that Emily Novis "loves 
it" at University of New Brunswick. Dave 
DiCicco writes, "Peter Wesson and I have 
been talking a lot. Peter is busy writing the 
next great American novel, and I find myself 
having to save the free world a couple of 
times a week." I'm glad you all seem very 
happy. Keep those IM addresses coming! I 
have a lot, but I would love to have more. 

Stuart W. Gilfillen 

Roger Williams University 

RWU Box 268 

Bristol, PJ 02809-2921 


Jessica S. Reed-Zaplin 

Gettysburg College 

Box 1744 

Gettysburg, PA 17325 

(717) 337-7708 
reedje02@gettysburg. edu 

Jessica Reed-Zaplin reports: Hello class of 
1999! I hope you are all doing well in this first 
semester of college! School is going well down 
here in Gettysburg. The work isn't too hard 
and I'm enjoying the warmer weather. I have 
met lots of interesting people and sometimes 
run into someone that knows one of you or 
has a friend that knows one of you. It's a small 
world! I started playing Rugby, which is very 
fun, but a little rough and scary at times. I have 
talked to quite a few of our classmates and 
everyone seems to miss GDA a lot. I just went 
and visited Brett Bregman and Jesse Lee in 
Philadelphia. We had a great time together. 
Columbus day weekend I was in the Boston 
area and saw Ayeisha Morgan and Adam 
Berman '98. Ayeisha and I stopped up at GDA 
to see how things were there. A few others 
from our class were visiting also. It was great to 
be back and see some old faces! I see Peter 
Dervan and Mike Porter quite a bit. Peter is 
participating in Habitat for Humanity and 
playing flag football. Mike just finished his fall 
season of lacrosse and seems to be enjoying 
college life. Of course the first person I heard 
from was the one and only Joe Turner who is 
already Class President up at Bowdoin and is 
very excited about it. He writes that he is 
having the greatest time up there, but misses 
everyone and would love to hear from anyone. 
Also up at Bowdoin is Rick Binelli who is 
doing great, but says work is very hard. He is 
looking forward to baseball this spring and sees 
Joe everyday. I received a call from Harry 

Dolan a while ago who says that things are 
going well out in Denver and the whole 
GDA/Denver crowd hangs out often. Way out 
in California is Malcolm Swann. He just fin- 
ished one of the best summers in St. Louis 
working at Barnes Hospital for the Infection 
Control Department. He also started the sport 
of skydiving, which he says is a thrill. Be 
careful Malcolm! He went out to UCSB at the 
end of September and writes that things are 
going well and he is having lots of fun, but the 
work is a lot harder than at GDA. He says, "I've 
gotten off to a good start and I certainly won't 
be missing the snow in Byfield this winter." 
EJ. Darisse says that he is meeting lots of 
interesting people and having a good time at 
Hartwick. He sees Becca Messinger quite fre- 
quently and Chris St. Pierre on occasion. He 
says, "I'm living in a dorm called Van Ess, it 
seems to be missing a letter doesn't it?" Naomi 
Fink is having a lot of fun in the city at 
Barnard College. She lives down the hall from 
Adele Chase and occasionally sees Sarah 
Koken '98. She is in a cappella group called 
Bacchantae and is having fun with that. 
Lindsay Gadd spent her summer working and 
anticipating college. She is having a great time 
in Colorado Springs at Colorado College. She 
has met a lot of people, but few from the east. 
She says that she loves the dorm and college 
life. She has been in touch with Cal Noblitt, 
Joel Crawford and Andrew Therriault. 
Christina Coppolino is having a blast at 
Merrimack with a great schedule. She has tons 
of free time and the workload isn't that bad. 
She has kept in touch with a lot of friends, 
especially Joann Nguyen. Caroline Kelleher and 
Ayeisha Morgan are teammates at Boston 
University in lacrosse, which kept them very 
busy this fall. They hang out a lot and are both 
having a good time. Paul Morrissey is out in 
the Midwest playing lots and lots of hockey. 
He recently was traded from Green Bay to 
Des Moines and is very happy about it. 
Meghan Donohue just went out there to visit 
and they had a blast together. Paul says that it 
made him miss everyone at GDA that much 
more. Robyn Klein says that Montreal is 
amazing and is having a great time at McGill 
University. Robyn writes, "I'm playing intra- 
mural hockey and participating in the usual 
Montreal activities, you know what I mean!" 
Marika Hull writes that she loves the city of 
Savannah and all the art classes she is taking. 
Courtney George is enjoying Stonehill, but 
definitely misses everyone. She saw a lot of Liz 
Dayotis this summer and visited Liz Parmelee 
in New Hampshire. Megan McShane is 
playing soccer at Norwich and having a great 
time. She says, "I've met a lot of people but 


to Sarah Willeman '99 whose junior year 
A. P. History term paper was recently 
awarded one of six Ralph Waldo Emerson 
Prizes for student work of outstanding 
academic promise at the secondary level. 
The prestigious Emerson prizes are 
awarded by The Concord Review, the 
only journal in the world for the academic 
work of secondary students in history. The 
awards will be presented at the New 
England History Teacher's Association 
conference in New Haven, CT in March. 
Along with the award certificate and the 
honor of having written one of the six 
best high school scholarly works world- 
wide in 1998-99, Willeman will receive a 
check for $3,000! 

none of them compare to the friends I made 
at GDA." Isn't that the truth, Megan! I received 
a letter from Sarah Willeman who is very busy 
with her riding. She wrote, "The national 
finals have been going very well. My Junior 
Olympic team (which was me and three of my 
good friends) won the gold medal at the 
national championships! It was definitely one 
of the high points of all of our riding careers." 
She is at the New England finals in November 
and Madison Square Garden is coming up. 
Congratulations and good luck, Sarah! Polly 
Titcomb is having a great time at UVM and 
sees her brother, Andrew Titcomb '97 and Jesse 
Lee frequently. She also writes that she is still 
close with G.M. Van Cott '97. Bob Sims and 
Kristin Seim are both loving Wheaton College 
and keeping very busy. Kristin has seen Tom 
Gallagher '97 who is in her Music Theory 
class. She writes that her classes aren't too hard 
and is trying out for one of the singing groups. 
She also sees Melissa Kelleher a lot. Bob writes 
that baseball is awesome, but very time con- 
suming so he may not play basketball. He is 
hoping to get an intramural basketball team 
together with Tom Gallagher. He spoke with 
Rick Binelli recently and they are getting 
excited to play baseball against each other in 
the spring. Becky Dosh writes that things in 
Hawaii are sunny and beautiful as always! She 
says that her classes are bearable and won't 
complain because they end at 1:00 everyday. 
The beautiful island and all the great people 
who live there are helping Becky stay very 
happy there. She writes, "I love having Waikiki 
with all its bargain shopping, pretty beaches 
five minutes away, the green mountains to 
climb and cliffs to jump from into the ocean. 
Everybody here surfs. The culture is so dif- 
ferent. Everyone wears flip-flops, aloha shirts 
and girls always have a flower in their hair. It's 

The Archon —Winter 2000 59 

lass notes 

CJ Maggio '00 (right) visits recent grads Leila Fuleilan 
'99, Pat Gary '99, Jon Traister '99, and Harry Dolan 
'99 at the University of Denver last jail. 

so laid back. Every morning I pinch myself just 
to make sure I'm here, because it still hasn't 
registered that I'm actually in Hawaii! Aloha to 
everybody!" Well, Becky I'm sure everyone is 
very jealous of you! Jesse Lee's summer was 
taken over by her bunion surgery and is slowly 
recovering. She writes that St. Mike's is okay 
and has met a lot of fun people. She sees Brett 

Mackey around school and not too far away 
she sees Polly and Andrew Titcomb ' 91 and Jill 
Horgan at UVM. She went to an Anthony B 
show with Lindsey Riley '00 and Kate 
Mitchell '00 when they came up for a 
weekend. She recendy went up to Montreal 
and hung out with Robyn Klein. Jesse of 
course talks to Brett Bregman everyday and he 
misses GDA a lot, just like she does. She asks, 
"Has anyone seen Sporty's new hair-cut? I'm 
not too sure about it." Justin Marshall had an 
exciting summer as a "New Cadet" at the 
United States Military Academy. He had a 
great time playing Rugby this past fall for West 
Point. He is busy finishing up his first semester 
there and doing very well. I heard from two 
old classmates, Chuck Diamond and Todd 
Bolint. Chuck is finishing up his senior year at 

Cardinal Newman High School in Florida 
and plans to attend college somewhere in 
Florida. He says that he still misses the GDA 
life and people. Todd is at Savannah College of 
Art and Design. He emails GDA buddies on a 
regular basis. Well, I hope that everyone has a 
pleasant winter and continues to enjoy school. 
Everyone who wrote me says hello to 
everyone else, I just couldn't write that for 
everybody! Please keep in touch with 
everyone. Lots of people from the class have 
given me their email address and if you would 
like them please email me and I'd be happy to 
give them to you. You can email me the class 
notes if you prefer for next time: Keep the news 
coming; everyone wants to hear how you are 
doing! Take care class of '99! 

in memoriam 

Peter Abbott Kitchell '36 

Peter Kitchell '36 died on the morning of 
October 1, 1999, driving from Amherst, MA, 
where he lived, to a meeting in Holyoke. En 
route, his car suddenly swerved and ran into a 
bridge abutment in South Hadley He was in 
vigorous health and looking forward to the cel- 
ebration of his 80th birthday on November 10. 

Peter graduated, cum laude, from 
Governor Dummer Academy in 1936. He 
graduated from Amherst College in 1940, 
where, among other activities, he was a very 
active member of the stage crews of the 
Amherst Masquers. He attended the RJiode 
Island School of Design, until leaving for the 
naval service in 1942. After a stint as an 
instructor at the USS Prairie State in New 
York, he was ordered to minesweeping duty in 
the Pacific. He was serving on the USS Salute 
when it sank in one of the Philippine Island 
landings. He later commanded the USS 

After the war, Pete trained as an architect 
at the Harvard School of Design and studies 
under Walter Gropius. He thereafter practiced 
in San Francisco, and in 1971 moved to 
Amherst, where he first represented his San 
Francisco firm. Following the drastic slump in 
the profession in 1975, Pete set up his own 
office. The nature of his work changed from 
working on skyscrapers and on large residen- 
tial subdivisions to smaller, individual build- 
ings. Increasingly, he became a specialist in solar 

housing and in co-housing. His buildings, 
understated in design — nothing fancy or 
glitzy — are to be found in many places, most 
notably in the Amherst area, Cape Cod, and on 
selected sites in California. As his colleague 
architect Pam Jessup explains, "Peter was one 
of a group of architects who believed that it 
was the promise and purpose and duty of 
architecture to change things for the better. 
Peter never lost site of the public good, and 
projects that would benefit it." 

Peter served on the Amherst planning 
board. He was instrumental in the effort to win 
townspeople's approval to build an environ- 
mentally friendly, small-scale parking garage. 
He worked tirelessly designing multiple plans 
for the garage, which he presented, with great 
humor, at a seemingly never-ending series of 
town meetings. 

Divorced from Charlotte Eckhart, the 
mother of their four children, Peter, Jr., Mark, 
Liza and Henry, Peter, in 1973, married Susan 
Lowenstein, the mother of two girls and a boy. 
The combined families have lived happily 
together ever since. Peter is survived by his 
Governor Dummer brothers: Frank '35, Sam 
'38, and Webster '48. 

— Louis P. Dolbeare 

Richard Segler '34 

The Academy was informed that Richard 
Segler '34 passed away in September in 
Scarborough, ME. Born in Portland, ME, he 

attended Williams College after GDA. He was 
a Maine state trooper before serving in the 
navy during World War II. Segler retired in 
1988 from the Portland Department of Parks 
and Recreation. He is survived by his wife 
Irma Jensen Segler of Gorham, ME; two sons 
and three daughters; 12 grandchildren; two 
great grandchildren; and four children from a 
previous marriage. 

James Deupree '38 

Mary Louise Deupree writes to inform 
the school that James Deupree '38 passed away 
on September 19, 1999. 

Edward R. Warner '38 

The school was recendy informed that 
Edward Warner '38 passed away in Joshua Tree, 
CA on August 21, 1999. Born in New York 
City, Warner attended Colgate University after 
Governor Dummer. He leaves his wife Joan, 
eight children, ten grandchildren, and three 

Walter C. Dietzgen '41 

The school was informed that Walter C. 
Dietzgen '41 passed away on August 8, 1999. 

Benjamin H. Vaughan '65 

The Academy was recendy informed of 
the death of Benjamin Vaughan'65 on October 
29, 1998. He is survived by his parents, his wife 
Cecily, his son and two step-sons, one sister, 
and two brothers. 

60 The Archon —Winter 2000 

focus on art 

Tiyoweh - Entering the Stillness", Lyndsay Rowan '87 

Lyndsay Rowan '87 returned to 
GDA this fall to join her mother, 
Lee Rowan, for a joint show of 
their work in the Carl Youngman 
Gallery of the Kaiser Visual Arts 
Center. Lyndsay is living in Jackson, 
WY, working at an art gallery in 
town and painting her own work 
as much as possible. Along with 
playing hockey and enjoying the 
skiing in the Tetons, she still sees 
other GDA grads.Todd Crabtree 
'87 and Jed Mixter '88. 

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